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Sudan: German NGO says White Nile Petroleum Operating (joint venture Petronas, Sudapet) contaminating drinking water

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27 November 2009

[DOC] Sudan: Sign of Hope responds to oil company’s reaction

Author: Sign of Hope

We appreciate the fact that WNPOC [White Nile (joint venture Petronas and Sudapet)] finally has decided to address the public concerning the contamination of drinking water in its area of operation. After having seen the first analysis of water samples in early 2008 we have repeatedly and continuously addressed WNPOC to come into a dialogue about this issue with no reaction from their side so far. That is why we are welcoming this first reaction from WNPOC. Nevertheless the WNPOC press statement which was circulated on November 25, 2009 still requires a response from our side...

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25 November 2009

Response by White Nile: German NGO says White Nile Petroleum Operating (joint venture Petronas, Sudapet) contaminating drinking water.

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24 November 2009

[DOC] White Nile Petroleum Operating Corporation response to Sign of Hope concerns over water contamination in Southern Sudan

Author: White Nile Petroleum Operating Corporation

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16 November 2009

German Rights Group Says Oil Company Spoiling Water in Southern Sudan

Author: Voice of America

A German human rights group reports an oil company in southern Sudan is contaminating drinking water...Vice chairman of the group, Klaus Stieglitz, estimated up to 300,000 southern Sudanese may be affected...The company has not responded to the Sign of Hope group [at the time this article was written]. But it is apparently aware of the problem as it has begun shipping truckloads of Nile water for one of the affected villages, a solution decried by the human rights group as nearsighted and unacceptable.

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1 November 2009

WNPOC Refutes Allegations by Sign Of Hope Organization

Author: White Nile Petroleum Operating (joint venture Petronas, Sudapet)

The EIA [Environmental Impact Assessment] carried out for Block 5A reflected that the underground water in the Sudd Basin has a naturally high salinity. The salinity level of our Produced Water is much lower than that of the wells tested by Sign of Hope (SOH). The locations of the water bore holes tested by SOH are also quite a distance away from the CPF .

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