Government and oil company forced to address local resource-sharing concerns in Kenya

By Kennedy Senelwa, 27 August 2018
photo credit: DEMOSH/flickr
photo credit: DEMOSH/flickr
British firm Tullow Oil last week resumed transportation of crude oil by road from the Turkana oilfields to Mombasa after reaching a truce with the local community, which had disrupted the Early Oil Pilot Scheme over unresolved resource-sharing concerns. Transportation of crude oil was stopped in June due to security concerns after protesters blocked roads and disrupted operations in the South Lokichar oilfields. [ . . . ]Petroleum and Mining Cabinet Secretary John Munyes said Tullow and its partners lost $40 million when the trucking stopped. The government established a two-tier dispute resolution mechanism and extensive stakeholder consultations which took 45 days. In a Kenya Gazette Notice signed by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, two taskforces were formed to look into the community’s concerns. The Turkana Grievance Management Committee will look into issues that may impact residents regarding crude operations while the Inter-Ministerial (Escalation and Support) Committee will address national issues.
Read the full article here: The East African


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