Brazzaville, Congo - Congolese environmentalists Tuesday urged the heads of oil companies operating in the country to further reduce gas flaring to deal with pollution-related risks facing people living in oil production areas, PANA learnt from here.
Though the oil companies were asked in 2012 to reduce flaring in Congo for the well-being of the population, only the Italian oil company, ENI, took a step in this direction, installing last year the very first clean flare in Kouakouala site in the southern part of the country.
'Gas flaring is an old practice with negative impacts on society and the environment and banning it is tantamount to reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as enabling people to live in a healthy environment without the risk of pollution,' the environmentalists said.
More than a dozen oil companies operate in Congo, the biggest of them being most Total, ENI and Chevron.
Oil is the country’s primary export resource, generating about 80 per cent of its tax revenue and accounts for 70 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).