Ghana Whale Deaths Blamed On Offshore Oil Exploration
From The Guardian
By Afua Hirsch
Campaigners believe that a record number of whales have been washed ashore in western Ghana in recent days, and claim they have been affected by oil exploration activities in deep waters off the Ghanaian coast.
“This is a very serious problem – we used to experience around one dead whale every five years, but in the last week alone we have had 16 whales washed ashore,” said Kyei Kwadwo Yamoah, programme co-ordinator at Ghanaian campaign group Friends of the Nation.
“We have reason to believe it is related to oil. Almost all of these whales are dying in the part of Ghana where oil exploration takes place. It is well known that seismic exploration can result in the killing of whales,” Yamoah added.
Ghana discovered oil in 2007 and currently produces around 110,000 barrels a day.
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