Senate Investigates Explosion, Environmental Pollution In Bayelsa

By Lekan Sowande, Abuja

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The Nigerian Senate has constituted an ad-hoc committee to investigate the massive explosion and environmental pollution close to Gbarain-Ubie gas processing facility in Yenagoa local Government Area of Bayelsa state.

The ad-hoc committee, comprising of Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of the Committees on Petroleum (Upstream and Downstream) Host Communities, Gas, Niger- Delta, Environment and Health was mandated to ascertain the cause of the explosion and its effect and report back to plenary in four weeks.

This followed adoption of a motion at plenary on Wednesday over the need for an urgent action on themassive explosion close to Gbarain-Ubie gas processing facility in Yenagoa Bayelsa state and pollution of the environment.

The motion was sponsored by Senator Benson Konbowei (PDP- Bayelsa).

Senator Konbowei in his presentation said the Gbarain-Ubie gas processing facility was one of the most valuable gas projects in Nigeria having cost multiples of billions of US Dollars to build.

He said the plant has