The Center for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) has identified some gaps in Ghana’s Petroleum environmental laws and regulations, pointing out that the Laws, to a larger extent, do not conform to international best practices.
Ghana enacted some environmental laws and regulations to govern environmental issues in the oil and gas sector. These regulations are contained in the Environmental Protection Act, the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, The Petroleum Exploration and Production Act 2016, Act 919, Health Safety and Environmental Regulation, 2017 among others.
However, Mr Augustine Niber, Executive Director of CEPIL, maintains that, “These environmental laws and regulations to a lager extend has not taken into account the international environmental best practices and has thus not being in tone with globally changing views on petroleum environmental regulations following the major impact that oil spills such asthat from the deep water Horizone (2010) had on the environment and society.”
Mr Niber added, “it is our considered view that Environmental Protection Agencies and other sector agencies responsible for ensuring environmental safety in the oil and gas sector should take the lead in ensuring the laws and regulations governing petroleum exploration in the country meet international best practices.”