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Oil Spill Polluting Nigeria’s Waterways Took a Month to Stop

  • U.S. firm Halliburton Co. called in to contain the leak
  • Field operated by local company Aiteo Eastern E&P Co.
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An oil spill in southern Nigeria has been stopped after flowing into surrounding mangrove forests and water systems for over a month after the local company that operates the field struggled to contain it. 

The well located in Bayelsa state and operated by Aiteo Eastern E&P Co. has been sealed, Idris Musa, director general of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, said by phone Wednesday. Efforts continue to recover the oil that poured into nearby waterways, he said.