South Sudan accuses Petronas consortium of pollution, threatens shutdown
JUBA (March 1): South Sudanese lawmakers have accused the consortium running the country’s last working oilfields of dumping expired chemicals in the bush, and have threatened to shut down production unless it stops.
Members of parliament’s energy committee told the assembly they had seen containers holding old chemicals including potassium chloride in a remote area in the northeast, saying locals feared for their health. Reuters could not immediately verify the assertion.
The DAR Petroleum Operating Company (DPOC) — which runs the northeastern neighbouring oil blocks 3 and 7 near the borders of Sudan and Ethiopia — told Reuters it had no one available to comment.