NIE on oil contamination

Unfolding Environmental Health Catastrophe in Panrieng oil-producing areas

When the environment is molested as it is happening in Panrieng area, animals too, not just the people, suffer health consequences that come with oil pollution. Here, a sick cow, apparently after having been consuming crude oil tainted water in Toor oilfield, is pictured.
The locals have no choice but to take their cows to drink in the Produced Water (PW) ponds. Produced Water (PW) is a oily water that is found in the same formation as natural gas and crude oil. When the crude oil is pumped off the ground, it comes with PW which is separated and stored in evaporations ponds. In the countries where oil is extracted in an environmental friendly manner, the PW is stored in ponds that are lined with High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) sheets to ensure that the content of the pond, which is a soup of hydrocarbons, doesn’t seep into the ground to pollute the Groundwater (PW). In South Sudan, none of that is done; there are lakes and lakes of badly constructed PW ponds dotting the landscape, exposing the people and their animals to dangerous petrochemicals that aren’t compatible with humans and animals health.

Lundin’s crimes against humanity in South Sudan

Interrogation of Lundin Execs for Crimes Against Humanity and Environment in South Sudan

Start of a new era of corporate accountability?


MUNICH, Germany (ViaNews) – “Lundin Petroleum’s chief executive and chairman are set to be charged with aggravated crimes against human rights over the Swedish oil company’s role in causing thousands of deaths in South Sudan,” states the report published in the October 18th edition of the Financial Times.

These crimes were allegedly committed in the course of Lundin’s exploration for oil in what is now South Sudan. This exploration is said to have been accompanied by widespread “economic cleansing”, in which murder and rape were allegedly used to drive nearly 200,000 people from their homes, thus clearing the way for the unimpeded exploration and production of oil.

South Sudan oil contamination. Photo by: Courtesy German NGO Sign of Hope.South Sudan oil contamination. Photo by: Courtesy German NGO Sign of Hope.

Should the Lundin execs be indicted and then convicted for these crimes against humanity, they would be most probably sent to jail for life.

Of greater impact would be the case’s precedent-setting nature. Lundin’s activities in South Sudan pale in scope and severity to those undertaken by China National Petroleum, Malaysia’s Petronas, and India’s ONGC Videsh.

According to the study compiled by German NGO Sign of Hope, Petronas alone is responsible for the contamination of water consumed by more than 600,000 South Sudanese and by their livestock. Poisoned with a witches’ brew of lead, barium, salts and other toxic materials, this water is also being used to irrigate fields. The results: large-scale swathes of South Sudan have become inhabitable. And the ensuing hunger and thirst are joining with the fear generated by the oil-fueled civil war in causing millions of South Sudanese to flee for their lives.

Interrogation of Lundin Execs for Crimes Against Humanity and Environment in South Sudan

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