Mr Kwadwo Opoku-Mensah, Western Regional Project Officer of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has assured the public that activities at the Jubilee Oil Field would not cause any environmental effect on human beings.
He said the country’s crude oil is light and its effect on the environment does not last long, and dismissed the claim by some people that the oil and gas industry has brought diseases to residents of Jubilee Field catchment area.
Mr Opoku-Mensah made the remarks at a day’s forum on Policy Dialogue on Oil and Gas Development, at Half Assini in the Western Region.
It was organized by Oxfam and the Friends of the Nation, both non-governmental organizations (NGO), for Assembly Members for Jomoro and Ellembenle and Community Environmental Monitoring and Advocacy Group members.
He spoke on: “Exercising Strict Compliance with High Environmental Standards in the Oil and Gas Industry – the role of the EPA”.
Mr Opoku-Mensah said the Environmental Field, also an NGO, does not pay compensation to people but carries out research in the oil and gas industry.
Mwoi Ampofo Solomon, Oil and Gas Coordinator for Friends of the Nation, said the programme aims at engaging the people in the Jubilee Field area in decision-making.