GROUP MOUNTS PRESSURE ON FG TO STOP GAS FLARING Flaring can lead to leukemia, asthma

2008-08-12

GROUP MOUNTS PRESSURE ON FG TO STOP GAS FLARING
Flaring can lead to leukemia, asthma

Earth international Chair and friends of the Earth Nigeria executive director.
Nigeria is one of the world’s biggest gas-flarers. Nigerian gas flares emit as many green house gases as 18 millions cars, and release toxic substances in densely populated areas, damaging both the environment and the people in the Niger Delta. Flaring can lead to leukemia, asthma and premature death. It causes acid rain which acidifies lakes and streams and damages the environment.

The Nigerian federal government recently pledged to halt gas flares in Nigeria and set December 31st, 2008 as the zero flare date. For the first time it also raised the prospect of punitive action for any breach.

“Pressure on the Nigerian government to end gas flaring once and for all is mounting. The government must enforce its deadline and ensure the end of flaring. Local people have waited long enough. All oil companies, including shell, should simply comply with Nigerian law”, said Paul de Clerck, Corporate Campaigner for friends of the Earth International.

 

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