Community expresses concerns over gas flaring

*Calls for sanction on Mobil

11 June 2012, Sweetcrude, UYO – IBENO community, the operational base of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) in Akwa Ibom, has expressed concern on the latest figure on gas flaring released by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

It noted that Mobil which operates in the locality had flared 9.85 billion standard cubic feet of gas in January 2012, the highest in the industry.

According to the community, this is a demonstration of the company’s non-compliance with relevant regulations in the oil sector.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the latest edition of the NNPC’s monthly “Petroleum Information Bulletin” showed that Mobil’s gas flaring data was the highest in the industry, during the period.

It was followed by Chevron and Shell, according to the publication.

One of the community leaders, Chief Williams Mkpa, said that the figure had corroborated the community’s agitation against the company for its violation of oil industry regulations.

Mkpa commended the NNPC for the publication and said that the flared gas had contaminated the environment and affected the health of members of the community with most of them having respiratory related diseases.

He urged the NNPC and other oil industry regulatory agencies to invoke necessary sanctions against Mobil for violating standard safety regulations.

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