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11 December 2017 17:22 (South Africa)

German aid agency accuses oil firm of polluting water

A German aid agency, Sign of Hope, says an oil consortium in southern Sudan has contaminated water supplies affecting at least 300,000 people, after tests found life-threatening metals in wells near two major oil fields. The Sudanese-Malaysian joint venture, White Nile Petroleum Operating Company, said protecting water quality was a priority. The aid agency said it tested the water after villagers complained it tasted salty and had been making them sick. Oil is a testy political issue in Sudan, especially as a 2010 national election paves the way for a referendum on the secession of oil-rich south Sudan in 2011. Read more: BBC, Global Witness, AllAfrica.com

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