Takoradi — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reiterated that group mobilisation is vital to stop any long run oil spills alongside Ghana’s beach.
It stressed out that, as Ghana persisted to discover hydrocarbons, stakeholders had to construct their preparedness and resilience specifically on the native degree to maintain oil spill occurrences.
A Principal Programme Officer, EPA, Western Region, Mr Kwadwo Opoku-Mensah stated those at a stakeholders’ workshop at the revised Ghana National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP) held in Takoradi on Monday.
Organised by means of Friends ofthe Nation (FON) in collaboration with Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) and Oxfam Ghana with reinforce from Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the workshop mirrored on global perfect practices and in addition supplied perspectives at the NOSCP, which has been in operation since 1986.
The NOSCP brings in combination the mixed assets of the country, and oil, transport and oil exploration in addition to manufacturing firms, to offer degree of preparedness to maintain the danger oil spills posed to the surroundings.
It will even make sure fast and cooperative reaction to grease spills and supplement different executive and trade contingency plans at port or oil installations.
Mr Opoku-Mensah stated “Our doors are opened. We will continue to work together and sensitise stakeholders, communities especially our fisherfolks and improve upon our strategies and engagements. We’re not saying it would not happen, but, when it does, we should be prepared and that’s why we are reviewing the national contingency plan.”
Outlining possibility exams which integrated lack of containment all the way through gasoline switch, pipeline rupture, offloading at sea, subsea leak or smartly blow out and vessel grounding, he stated, the NOSCP additionally assessed delicate belongings like turtles who laid eggs at estuaries, coastal dangers reminiscent of sandy seashores, rocky shores at low tide appearing algae expansion, salt industries, seaside seine nets, and fishing touchdown websites.
He stressed out “There should be clarity within both government and industry as to who is responsible for specific actions under all foreseeable situations.”
Tier one, he defined, checked out native, port, facility contingency plans the usage of assets important to care for an area spill and or supply preliminary reaction, hinting that, oil manufacturers had additionally skilled native groups to care for such eventualities.
Tier two is for regional or nationwide reaction, whilst tier one integrated the worldwide assets important for spills that require really extensive further reaction, Mr Opoku-Mensah stated.
“We will continue to engage, create stakeholders awareness, community sensitisation training and capacity including exercise and drills. All of us can’t be on board at the same time. But, for us in Western Region, we’ll see how to share industry equipment. Already, Ghana Navy and partners have done OperationObangame Express, as part of our nationals’ responses to such situations.” he informed the contributors.
Author: Ghanaian Times