By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”A few days to the global climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, GovernorÂ Emmanuel Uduaghan has extracted a commitment from the management of Chevron Oil Company that it would stop gas flaring in all its operational sites in Delta State in the first quarter of 2011.
The company also pledged to render necessary assistance in the area of litigation and adaptation.
Governor Uduaghan, who engaged top officials of the company in its California headquarters and the California Environmental Protection Agency in a one hour telephone conference from Warri, weekend, on how to protect the Niger Delta environment during oil exploration activities, told newsmen that the decision of the oil firm was a victory for the environment.
He said:Â Â â€œThere is a clear and present need to bring to international attention to the pollution caused by oil companies operating in our area.
â€œWe need to put pressure on oil companies to stop polluting the environment; we need to put pressure on them to stop gas flaring and we need to put pressure on them to stop polluting our land.â€
The governor, who is billed to attend the global climate summit, said the operations of oil companies have adversely affected the traditional occupation of the people, such as fishing and farming.
According to him, â€œChevron and other oil companies have to deal with these key problems to give the people a new sense of belonging.â€