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Gas flaring: Group seeks stiffer punishment for erring companies

Gas flaring: Group seeks stiffer punishment for erring companies
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Mr. Sherif Mulade, National Coordinator, Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), has called for stiffer penalties against oil companies that refuse to end gas flaring.

Mulade made the call in a statement signed by him and made available to newsmen on Monday in Warri, Delta.
He also urged the Federal Government to sanction multinational oil companies that refused to end gas flaring in the Niger Delta region.
Mulade also alleged that the oil multinationals operating in the Niger Delta were not ready to end gas flaring in the oil-rich region.
He urged the government to compel such companies to adhere strictly to the environmental global best practices to save the environment.
“It is unfortunate that Multinational oil companies that adhere strictly to global environmental best practices in their countries and other parts of the globe will refuse to end gas flaring in the Niger Delta.
“Federal Government should not treat the oil companies with kid’s glove; it should do the needful by compelling them to end the hazard.
“The lawmakers should also be up and doing with regards to the enforcement of the law on gas flaring in the country,” he said.
Mulade also stated that gas flaring coupled with the activities of pipeline vandals were having a ripple effects on the Niger Delta’s ecosystem.
“Today our roofs are being destroyed following the air pollution emanating from gas flaring.
“Also life expectancy in the region is becoming shorter because of unabated release of emission to the air,” he said.
NAN reports that gas flaring is the burning of natural gas and petroleum hydrocarbons in flare stacks by upstream oil companies in oil fields during operations.
NAN recalls that gas flaring is the singular and most common source of global warming and contributes to emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen (II) oxide and methane, which have the propensity of causing environmental pollution and ecological disturbances or destruction.


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