South Sudan Villagers Relocated After Oil Leak

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Oil spills onto the ground from an oil well head strafed by shrapnel from a bomb dropped by fighter jets at the El Nar oil field in South Sudan's Unity State, March 3, 2012. South Sudan accused Khartoum of bombing two oil wells in the north of the new nation and moving troops and weaponry close to an army base near the poorly defined border. A Sudanese official denied the allegations. Relations between Sudan and the South have deteriorated in recent months as talks about border disputes and oil transportation fees have floundered, causing the South to shut down oil production. REUTERS/Hereward Holland (SOUTH SUDAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ENERGY SOCIETY) - GM1E83407AL01

More than 2,000 South Sudanese villagers reportedly have been relocated following an oil spill in a remote part of Northern Liech state.

Gatkouth Ruach says he and other villagers were moved to a different part of the state after a pipeline burst Nov. 7 in Budang County.

State Health Minister Kur Yai Nop denied anyone was relocated, saying there are no human settlements near the affected area.

“The people who are staying there are oil company staff. There is no community there, they are very far,” Nop told VOA’s South Sudan in Focus…readmore

Source: Voice of America

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