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Oil & Gas Expert Warns Against Exploration in Keta Basin

  • POSTED ON: January 5, 2018
  • SOURCE: GBC Online
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An Oil and Gas Expert, Soloman Kwawukume, has warned against the intended exploration of oil in the Keta Basin in the Volta Region.

According to him, such a venture will be detrimental to the environment and the inhabitants of the area.

According to Mr. Kwawukume, who is also a Senior research officer in oil and gas with the Ghana Institute of Governance and security, the exploration, to be carried out by Swiss African Oil Company will put thousands of lives and their livelihood at risk.

Mr. Kwawukume noted that unlike what is happening in the Western Region where the exploration is off shore, the Keta Basin exploration is to be done on land meaning some of the people have to vacate their present locations for the exploration to take place, and in the process lose their traditional sources of livelihood.

The research, according to Mr. Kwawukume, further indicate the technology to be used during the exploration, requires the blasting of rocks underground and could result in man-made earthquake that will destabilise the Keta Sea Defence wall and as a result worsen the perennial tidal attacks in the area in addition to the collapse of buildings and polluting underground water sources.

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