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Anglo-French Perenco Oil Company Expresses Commitment To Cooperate In Gabon Etimboue Pollution Probe

The oil company, Perenco, has been fingered in an ongoing pollution probe in Gabon but assures maximum cooperation.

The Anglo-French petroleum exploitation company, PERENCO, has said it would cooperate with the Gabonese authorities in apprehending those responsible for the pollution of Etimboue, the richest division in petroleum and gas in Gabon.

The declaration comes just days after PERENCO was charged and brought to face justice in the Port-Gentil high court for pollution in Etimboue.

In a communique made public on Thursday, July 22, 2021, the Anglo-French petroleum company stated that it has been operating all its petroleum production sites in application of the best international standards in conformity with the laws and regulations in force.

“PERENCO Oil & Gas carries out its mining activities in a responsible and sure way and strives to limit the potential impact of our activities on the local communities and environment,” the Directorate General of PERENCO declared.

“An incident involving the loss of punctual confinement generated environmental damage at the beginning of the year. It was immediately circumscribed and remedial work is getting to the end. All these activities were supervised and approved by the authorities.”

PERENCO Gabon is being charged for violating law number 007/2014 relating to the protection of the environment of the Republic of Gabon, pollution and degradation of rivers, lagoons and the sea by hydrocarbons, pollution and degradation of mangroves, the maritime and land ecosystems, pollution and degradation of flora and fisheries resources.

PERENCO Gabon however insists that “in the continuity of the judicial procedure initiated at the beginning of the year, we reiterate our determination to establish the responsibilities in relation to these regrettable events.”

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