New statistics unveil effect of gas flarings in Niger Delta

Jul 24, 2001 02:00 AM

Gas-flaring, which has become a regular feature in the Niger Delta region for several decades, has been blamed for ecosystem heat, stress and acid rain, including the destruction of fresh water-fishes, forests and property. And for 1995, the flaring of gases in Nigeria alone accounted for 28 % of the global flares.
These disturbing statistics were disclosed by Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Environment, Obog Isidore Akpan-Ebe, in a paper entitled: "The role of government and oil companies in environmental protection," presented to the World Conference of Mayor in Eket.
"Oil companies' activities, which account for some 90 % of the nation's revenue, is a major factor in Nigeria's environmental equation." Akpan-Ebe noted, adding: "Not long ago, an expert indicated that the heat and energy generated from gas flaring in 1986, was equivalent to all the electrical energy generated by the Nigerian Electric Power Authority (NEPA). She pointed out that oil companies operating in the country have agreat responsibility, ensuring that the 'fragile Niger Delta ecosystem and its communities' are protected."

Source: The Guardian
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