The Vacuum in Nigeria's Crude Oil Laws: An Inquiry into the Decommissioning of Onshore and Offshore Facilities
Cranbrook Law Review, Volume 8(1) 2018
8 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2018
Date Written: July 29, 2018
Conventional wisdom requires that at the completion of crude oil production, the oil wells should be permanently plugged to protect the environment. Although, crude oil production has been undertaken for decades in Nigeria, there is no evidence to show that any facility has been properly decommissioned. In the United States, about three-quarter of the 50 states have plugging rules governing the procedures for plugging and abandonment of oil and gas wells. There is currently no official legal and institutional arrangement for proper decommissioning of oil and gas facilities in Nigeria. It is this loophole that this article seeks to investigate with regards to the effectiveness of Nigeria’s legal and institutional policies on abandonment and decommissioning of oil and gas facilities. It suggests that, there is currently a vacuum in the laws and that, the enactment of adequate legislation is urgently required.
Keywords: Abandonment, Decommisioning Oil Facilities, Regulations, Nigeria
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