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2014 (Vol. 6, Issue: 1)
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The Air Quality Implications of the SPDC-Bomu Manifold Fire Explosion in K-Dere, Gokana LGA of Rivers State, Nigeria

V.E. Weli and E. Kobah
Corresponding Author:  V.E. Weli 

Key words:  Air quality, crude oil, emission, meteorology, pollutant concentration, ,
Vol. 6 , (1): 1-9
Submitted Accepted Published
October 22, 2012 January 25, 2013 January 20, 2014
Abstract:

This study examines the atmospheric loading of pollutants such as respirable particulate matter (PM1, PM2.5, PM7, PM10, TSP) and gaseous pollutants (such as NO2, SO2, VOC, H2S, CO, CH4) in the area arising from the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)-Bomu manifold explosion, fire and emissions. It also examines the meteorological conditions for the pollutants concentrations. Generally, the result obtained indicates significant concentration of noxious gases, such as NO 2, SO2, VOC, H2S, CO, CH4; PM such as PM1, PM2.5, PM7, PM10, TSP, in the air. At the emission point, PM10 (110.7 ug/m3), TSP (122.4 ug/m3) and CO (25.1 mg/m3), exceeded the WHO acceptable standard of 50 ug/m3, 100 ug.m3, and 10 mg/m3 respectively. The meteorological condition enhanced the gradual dispersion of pollutants during the period of study. The implications as established by this study are explosion significantly compromised the air quality of the area with deleterious health implication, this unimaginably high concentration of pollutant requires very urgent attention.
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V.E. Weli and E. Kobah , 2014. The Air Quality Implications of the SPDC-Bomu Manifold Fire Explosion in K-Dere, Gokana LGA of Rivers State, Nigeria.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 6(1): 1-9.
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