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Oil spills from Nigeria's Agip facility discharged into Atlantic Ocean

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Oil spills from Nigeria's Agip facility discharged into Atlantic Ocean

LAGOS, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria's National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) said Saturday that an oil spill from the Brass Oil Export Terminal has been discharged into the Atlantic Ocean.

Henshaw Oguwike, spokesperson for NOSDRA, confirmed the incident in southern city of Yenagoa, saying the spillage was noticed by some local residents Thursday.

He said ongoing investigation would reveal the cause of the spill and the volume of crude discharged into the environment.

The NOSDRA had deployed its newly acquired oil spill response vessel to combat the spill.

The oil discharged from the incident had spread along the coastline to Odioama and other coastal communities in Bayelsa near the oil terminal, which is operated by the Agip off southern Bayelsa Coastline.

Hundreds of oil spill incidents reported in Nigeria every year are ruining the environment and putting human lives at risk. Most spills in the Niger Delta are the result of pipeline corrosion, maintenance issues, equipment failure, sabotage and oil theft.

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