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August 29, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan will send a team of environmental experts to assess the magnitude of damages caused by pollution in oil-producing areas, a senior government official said.

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A pipeline that transports crude oil from the south to Port Sudan (Reuters)

Speaking to reporters in the capital, Juba on Tuesday, the Petroleum minister, Awow Daniel Chuang said an environmental audit to be conducted by an international company will begin in two weeks.

“This exercise will be carried out by an international company to give us leeway to correct some of the damage that has occurred,” he said.

Chuang said the team will inspect the extent to which oil pollution has destroyed lives and environment, mainly in the Upper Nile region.

Over the years, activists have criticized South Sudan government of failing to tackle widespread environmental pollution in oil-rich areas.

It recently emerged also that pollution from oil has led to an increase in the number of deformed babies and stillbirths in oil areas, with reports attributing the cause to heavy metals used in oil production.

According to the Petroleum Act of 2012, oil production activities should be done in manner ensuring high levels of health and safety.

South Sudan, where oil revenues make up nearly 98 percent of the budget, has been reeling an under economic crisis due to civil war.

Before the conflict in 2013, South Sudan was producing 250,000 barrels per day, but its current production is 175,000 barrels per day.

The world’s youngest nation, which has one of the largest reserves of crude in sub-Saharan Africa, is struggling to increase oil production months after the signing of the peace deal in September 2018.

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  • 30 August 08:06, by Eastern

    Just pump and continue to pump more crude oyol - 185k bpd, 200k bpd.....1,000k bpd and you would end with no pastureland, drinking water, etc...! Oil exploration and production is supposed to carried out by those who are best placed to do it! Let’s pray the Gulf of Mexico magnitude oil spill doesn’t occur in South Sudan....

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    • 30 August 09:31, by jubaone

      Eastern
      I have NO empathy neither sympathy for the environmental, health and social damage that has been caused by oil exploitation in that part of SS. We Equatorians have our own cross to carry and the jienges and nyagat beneficiaries of this "oyol" must take care of their shit. We should ensure that war continues so that they don’t flock to us like flies.

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      • 30 August 09:40, by jubaone

        Eastern, Rhino
        So what, if the entire "oyol" producing regions drowned in oil? Who cares anyway? If their greedy and corrupted jienge and nyagat leaders even don’t care for their own folk, why should we Equatorians waste our time and feelings? NO. Their leaders want the oil profits to brag and buy houses in Juba, Kampala and Nairobi while their kin rot to death. That’s their shit.

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        • 30 August 09:49, by jubaone

          ..for example Taban Gai was governor of Unity State from about 2010-2015 or so and had a 3-5% monthly bonus from oil proceedsto develop his state. Records are that, he split that with the kiirminal till his defection to IO. Till today, no major infrastructural development other than some scholarships for Nuer students in Egypt. Where did the more than $25m go? Did he clean this oil shit?

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          • 30 August 11:52, by South South

            Eastern and jubaone,

            You are two big coward men of Karo people who have big hatred on South Sudan. We don’t care about what you think, like dislike, love or hate. South Sudan is ours, Juba city is ours too. Deputy Mayor is there: "Juba city’s deputy mayor, Thiik Thiik Mayardit." Sing, dance, cry and shit somewhere, but not in South Sudan, the end.

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            • 30 August 12:22, by jubaone

              South South
              Again as Equatorians we don’t give a fuck what happens in your "oyol" areas. You can get deformed babies, die as a result after drinking contaminated water, your cows all perish so what? Ask your greedy jienge leaders. As for the jienge dep. mayor of Juba, Thiik Thiik he’s a nobody only brought in as a puppet by the kiirminal. He has done nothing for his Warrap, and cant for Juba

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              • 30 August 15:25, by South South

                jubaone,

                Next year I will run for the position of Mayor of Juba and I will win big, and if I see jubaone or Eastern or The Rhino, I will give them angry look, they will look down and say " Please monkey, let’s leave South Sudan alone, he is a Dinka man and Dinkas are very tough and aggressive. We just need to go to "KARAMA" and have random sex after drinking, that’s what we are good at.

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                • 30 August 16:27, by jubaone

                  South South
                  Ofcourse you can only be a mayor of Juba cuz you jienges have no towns except stinking luaks. In a country like SS, idiots, school dropouts, fugitives with fake degrees get jobs. Most of you jienges should be fetching for us water like in the 60s and 70s. We Equatorians have made you human otherwise you’d running around like wild baboons 🐵. MTN

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            • 30 August 12:46, by jubaone

              South South
              Oh by the way, Equatoria=SS and your jiengelands are worthless and have no economic or strategic relevance to us Equatorians. Floods, oil spills water and soil contamination cattle dying, jienges starving, jienges fleeing to Juba, revenge killings, cattle rustling, who gives a fuck? None. This is jienge business and bullshit. Equatorians have better things to do. MTN

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              • 30 August 19:45, by South South

                jubaone,

                Juba is our city, we liberated it from fake Arabs. You, Eastern and The Rhino are just monkeys to me, no more.

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                • 30 August 20:41, by jubaone

                  South South
                  How can they be fake Arabs when you’re their houses slave? Let’see if you can liberate Abyei from your jellaba masters. Otherwise pray that federalism or kokora doesn’t happen cuz you’d again go straight and work as a kitchen boy or look after Mesiriya goats. 😂.

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            • 31 August 09:58, by Joseph Canada

              yo," Oyol" Man aka Ahmed of South Sudan, where does the "Coward" word come from here? Its actually you who have a big Hatred in South Sudan by showing no Rumors to the Nation that we Love. Look at the way you destroy the land by letting your "OYOL" drip all over the land. Yes for sure you don’t care how others feel about that land. You dont even think twice about where your Cows will graze. Shame.

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