Oil Spill
We conducted a one day seminar to promote and improve preparedness related to the oil industry in Ghana. This seminar served as a basis to share the lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and to explore ways in which these lessons may be helpful as Ghana develops environmental monitoring and oil spill response plans.  This seminar also served as an avenue to facilitate collaboration between environmental and public health researchers and industry and government stakeholders interested in the subject matter.

Comments received by participants to be key in building Ghana’s preparedness and response plans in the event of an oil spill include:
  • Provide a mechanism to release all baseline data collected thus far on fisheries and chemical analysis and present to interested community groups.
  • Because ocean currents play a role in determining the extent of coastal impacts of an oil spill, preparedness and response plans should be done in collaboration with neighboring countries who are also participating in offshore oil drilling.
  • There is the need to assist fishermen to initiate record keeping of their income and operations to enable them to claim compensation, in the event of an oil spill, under the Oil Pollution Compensation Fund.
  • Programs that aid fishermen in diversification of their livelihoods will create more resilient coastal communities in the event of an oil spill.
  • Preparedness and response plans need to incorporate remediation plans and training in addition to plans and training for clean-up workers in the event of an oil spill.  
  • Establish clear and transparent policies on allocating revenue generated from oil to finance long-term development projects.
  •  Plans for development assistance should take into account the real contribution of oil revenue when assessing future investments.
  • Job creation and training initiatives should be commensurate with the number of jobs in a given sector. For example, more opportunities may exist in the traditional economic base of Ghana (agriculture and mining) than in the oil industry. 

We invite you to share your thoughts on these ideas for next steps. In particular, ranking the importance of these issues would aid in planning additional projects in this area. Thank you kindly for your participation.

Recently, the UAB organizers published a manuscript on seafood safety after the Deepwater Horizon blowout.  View the ahead of print publication here.


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