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2 J. Envtl. L. & Pol'y 79 (2022)
Ending Gas Flaring in the Nigerian oil and Gas Industry: The Need for Strict Regulatory Enforcement

handle is hein.journals/jevlp2 and id is 240 raw text is: ISSN 2564-016X I December 2022
Dandy Chidiebere Nwaogu
Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of
Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. Email: dandy.nwaogu@uniben.edu,
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6672-8761
Theresa Uzoamaka Akpoghome*
Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, Benson Idahosa University,
Benin City, Nigeria. E-mail: teremajor@gmail.com, takpoghome@biu.edu.ng
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9296-0134
*Corresponding author
Received: 28 October 2022 1 Accepted: 15 November 2022 1 Published: 28 December 2022
Environmental pollution arising from gas flaring constitutes a major concern among
the international community, particularly as a result of the negative impact it brings
to society, environment, and economy. In the last 60 years, multinational oil
companies operating in Nigeria have consistently flared associated natural gas. This
paper critically examines the extant legal frameworks for regulating gas flaring
within the Nigerian oil and gas industry, as well as other efforts made by the federal
government towards ending gas flaring in the country. The effects of gas flaring on
the inhabitants of the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria (human and environment) are
discussed, then an overview of the challenges militating against ending the menace
of gas flaring is provided. The paper contends that unless there is strict enforcement
of anti-gas flaring regulations by the regulating agencies of government with stiff
punishments and fines for erring oil companies, gas flaring will not abate.
Recommendations are, therefore, proffered for combating gas flaring in the country.
Keywords: Gas flaring; Regulations; Effects; Punishment; Challenges; Enforcement
Editor-in-Chief Prof. Dr. Kamrul Hossain I Deputy Editors-in-Chief Dr. Evgeniya Kopitsa,
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How to cite this paper Dandy Chidiebere Nwaogu and Theresa Uzoamaka Akpoghome,
'Ending Gas Flaring in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry: The Need for Strict Regulatory
Enforcement' (2022) 02 (03) Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 79-101
Copyright © 2022 by author(s). This work is licensed under the Creative Commons
Attribution International license (CC BY 4.0). http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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