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Death of whales not caused by oil exploration – Ghana EPA

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The Western Regional Office of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that the recent death of whales at the western coastline cannot be attributed to the oil exploration at the Jubilee Oilfields at West Cape Three Points.

Speaking at the Western Region’s turn of Meet-the-Press series in Takoradi, Mr. Alfred Ayah, Principal Programme Officer at the EPA, stated that the death of whales at some coastal communities near the Jubilee oilfields could be linked to a number of factors.

He mentioned the dumping of waste materials into the sea, threat of climate change, high noise level, ocean corrosion and natural death ad said any of these could have caused the death of the mammals.

“Whales use noise to direct their movement and activities in the sea, therefore any disruption in the form of noise level in their natural habitat could cause great distress to them and eventual death,” he observed.

“It would be extremely difficult now to link the recent death of whales at the coastline of Nzema East, Ellembelle and Jomoro districts to the drilling of oil by the oil companies at the West Cape Three Points since there is no scientific prove to that effect”, he added.

The reaction from the EPA came following recent death of a whale at Ankobra in Nzema East thus bringing the total number of death of whales in the Region to eight within a period of two years.

The strange death of the mammals raised concerns from the inhabitants in the six coastal districts in the Region in view of the recent spillage of light crude oil in some coastal communities such as Adjuah, Akwidaa and Ankobra that are very close to the oil exploration.

The communities also called for regular Environmental Impact Assessment by the EPA at the oil enclave to ensure that sanity prevails in view of the fact that some bituminous balls were also found at some beaches last year, which some people alleged were disposed-off by some oil tankers.

Touching on the issue of sanitation in the twin-city, the Mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, Captain (rtd) Anthony Cudjoe, said it is a huge challenge to the Assembly especially with wayward roaming of cattle that defecate on the streets.

He added that sometimes the garbage at the point of collection piled up thereby causing repulsive smell and appealed to all stakeholders to support the Assembly to ensure a clean environment.

Captain Cudjoe said the Assembly is considering a grazing ground for the cattle in order to control their movement since it sometimes-difficult accosting cattle in view of their strength and number.

“Recently, some of the city guards who were deployed to accost some roaming cows on the street of Sekondi-Takoradi had it tough when one of the cattle raised the leg to attack him and he had to take cover to avoid getting injured,” he said.

He appealed to herdsmen in the Metropolis to control the movement of their cattle to avoid causing unnecessary traffic congestion.

Source: GNA

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