Posted 10 August 2011, by Godwin Oritse (Vanguard), AllAfrica, allafrica.com
Lagos — NIGERIANS may experience another round of fuel scarcity as the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, has shut five tank farms for violation of environmental laws.
The tank farms are Bovas Petroleum Limited, Swift Oil Limited, Fatgbems Petroleum Limited, Index Oil and Gas and Techno Oil Limited.
In a letter to one of the affected tank farms, Index Petroleum, signed by the agency’s chief executive officer, Mr Adebola Shabi, it said the facilities were shut because they were built on an area that is less than 200 metres away from residential buildings.
Shabi also said the tank farms were built without submission of environmental assessment report to the agency and non-submission of appropriate contingency plans.
He said the facilities were to remain shut until they satisfactorily met the compliance status of the agency. Operators of the affected tank farms are also pay N5 million to the agency as penalty.