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oil spillThe 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.”

Read more: CEPIL pinpoints deficiencies in Ghana’s Petroleum environmental laws

agillies 1501 removebg previewMultinational companies regularly hire agents and fixers to help them win lucrative business in complex or unfamiliar environments. These intermediaries, who include both established firms and well-connected individuals, provide introductions to decision-makers, intelligence on how to secure a contract, and an on-the-ground presence in far-flung lands. Sometimes they also serve as conduits for bribes.

Recent events in the oil industry suggest that companies may start opening doors on their own, without relying on these “middlemen.”

Last Monday, the large commodity trader Trafigura announced that it would no longer hire third parties to perform “business development” functions. A few weeks earlier, two other commodities giants, Glencore and Gunvor, indicated that they would significantly reduce their use of this type of intermediary as well. That means three of the world’s largest trading companies may desert a decades-old playbook. Their statements follow an uptick in related anti-corruption investigations, with current inquiries examining trader activities in Brazil, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Venezuela. Intermediaries feature prominently in most of the accusations.

Read more: Will extractive companies move away from corruption-prone intermediaries?

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