09 October 2019
A report by VOA News from South Sudan quoting a local government official claimed an oil leak from a ruptured pipeline had had a serious impact on the surrounding population and environment.
Representative image: Shutterstock
Budang County commissioner Gatiep Both Gabriel said: “The leakage has stopped, but the impact is so big. It is drying trees, killing cattle, and poisoning people, and the water is falling into the Nile," Gabriel told South Sudan in Focus.Gabriel said he feared people living along the River Nile, especially nearby villagers, were drinking contaminated water.
Speaking publicly for the first time since the oil pipeline broke on September 25, South Sudan petroleum minister Awow Daniel Chuang said the oil spill, 15 kilometres north of Lalubo in Northern Liech state, was contained after Greater Pioneer Operating Company (GPOC) dispatched foreign experts to the scene.
GPOC is an oil consortium owned by China's National Petroleum Corporation, Malaysia's Petronas, India's ONGC Videsh and South Sudan's government-run Nile Petroleum Corporation.
Chuang said as much as 2,000 barrels of oil could have leaked into the surrounding land and water since the pipeline burst.But when asked about the spill's impact on residents, Chuang said the leakage took place in a remote area where there is no human settlement. This was disputed by County commissioner Gabriel.
Chuang said the spill covered about 400 square meters, but Gabriel said the affected area was much larger.
Chuang said some pipelines in the area have not been in use since late 2013 when fighting broke out in South Sudan and warned there could be more oil leaks on the horizon.
He said the ministry plans to contract a foreign company to carry out an environmental audit.
Newer news items:
- US warns of sanctions if South Sudan rivals fail at unity government - 10/10/2019
- As Areas of South Sudan Face Famine Conditions, the Unity Government Must Adhere to November Deadline and Immediately Work to Address Food Insecurity in the Country - 10/10/2019
- South Sudan's peace agreement on shaky ground - 09/10/2019
- South Sudan to launch auction of licenses for eight oilfields - 09/10/2019
- South Sudan and AU urged to set meeting on war crimes court - 09/10/2019
Older news items:
- South Sudan sees oil production hitting 200,000 barrels per day by 2021 - 09/10/2019
- US Envoy to South Sudan: Implement Peace Deal or Face Sanctions - 08/10/2019
- South Sudan warns of more oil spills after pipeline rupture - 07/10/2019
- "Do you think we will prosecute ourselves?" No prospects for accountability in South Sudan - 07/10/2019
- Amnesty accuses South Sudan of crippling justice system - 07/10/2019
Popular news items:
- No oil in troubled waters - 25/03/2014 - Read 19587 times
- School exam results in South Sudan show decline - Bikya Masr - 01/04/2012 - Read 16455 times
- Former Lost Boy Gives Back to South Sudan - Care2.com (blog) - 31/05/2012 - Read 15036 times
- NDSU student from South Sudan receives scholarship - In-Forum - 29/09/2012 - Read 14485 times
- With prisons full, South Sudan to introduce mobile courts to clear backlog of ... - Washington Post - 11/10/2012 - Read 12022 times