Chad-Cam oil spill

2 April 2007

versión en español

In January, an off-shore oil spill from the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline occurred near the Cameroonian town of Kribi. The slow response time and allegations that the public was not properly informed raise critical questions about the safeguards that exist to cope with a larger accident. Samuel Nguiffo, the director of Cameroon’s Centre for the Environment and Development said that if there had been an incident affecting the coastline, “the impact would have been catastrophic” The security situation along the pipeline in southern Chad is worsening. Four years after the start of oil production there is little evidence of the poverty reduction that this project promised.