CHAD SUSPENDS CHINA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORP. OPERATIONS

08/19/2013

Chad has suspended all activities of a China National Petroleum Corporation subsidiary after it violated environmental standards while drilling for crude oil. Oil minister Djerassem Le Bemadjiel announced on state radio that the government had decided to suspend operations indefinitely after finding "flagrant violations" of standards at the Koudalwa field. "Not only do they not have facilities to clean spilled crude, there were also intentional spillages in order to reduce costs," the minister said. "In the oil sector you don't do this. Le Bemadjiel added that the company had let oil flow into trenches it had dug, and then had it removed by workers without protective gear. According to the BBC, the refinery dealing with crude from Koudalwa has been shut down twice before in disputes over pricing. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/08/14/us-chad-china-cnpc-idUKBRE97D0VN20130814 and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23697269.