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Title: Comparative appraisals of legal and institutional framework governing gas flaring in Nigeria’s upstream petroleum sector: How satisfactory?
Authors: OLUJOBI, Olusola Joshua
Olusola-Olujobi, Temilola
Keywords: Enforcement of Laws,
Gas flaring,
Global warming,
Issue Date: Jul-2020
Publisher: Environmental Quality Management
Abstract: Nigeria is rated number one producer of crude oil in Africa, and owing to this oil exploration activities have resulted to a high rate of gas flaring, which was intensified by poor enforcement of anti-gas flaring laws by the regulatory authorities. Associated natural gas is generated from oil production, and it is flared in large volumes, thereby leading to the emission of greenhouse gases and a waste of natural resources which could have possibly generated billions of dollars for the Federal Government of Nigeria. There are concerned that if nothing is done to curtail this menace, the environment and man will be at peril due its negative consequences. There is therefore the need to abate gas flaring by replicating the strategies applied in the selected relatively advanced petroleum countries to combat the menace. The study is a comparative analysis of national legal regimes on gas flaring in Nigeria, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia. The study adopts a doctrinal legal research method with point-by-point comparative approach with library-based legal research method. Weak enforcement of laws is largely identified as the key factor responsible for the menace. The study recommends the use of more advanced technologies, a sophisticated mixture of regulations and nonregulatory incentives such as fiscal policies and gas market restructuring. It offers further suggestions based on the lessons learnt from the selected case study countries.
Description: Staff Publication
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