Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dead Whales Prevent Local Fishermen From Working In Ghana; Oil Drilling Suspected of Being The Cause

Ghana started drilling for oil in 2010, and it is estimated that over the next 20 years the small West African country could earn up to US$20 billion in exported oil revenue.
This is an opportunity for the growth of the country’s economy, and for reducing the poverty rate amongst the people living in the coastal towns where the exploration work is carried out.

But five years into the oil trade, some issues are beginning to emerge that are in critical need of attention in order to prevent future crisis. The sea, where the oil drilling activities are carried out, already provides a major source of employment for people living in the coastal towns of the country. Recently, residents in these communities along the coast have suffered some setbacks in plying their trade in the sea. Fishing has been their primary source of livelihood for generations.

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