World Bank panel commences inquiry on Chevron's pipeline

A World Bank Inspection Panel is investigating the Chevron-operated West African Gas Pipeline, a project backed by the agency, citing alleged violations of the bank’s rules for safety as well as social and environmental impact. The probe ensued from an April 2006 complaint by communities around the Badagry area in southwest Nigeria. “We believe that the West-African Gas Pipeline project, if executed as presently conceived, would do irreparable damage to the land and consequently, destroy the livelihoods of the 12 communities.” The $590 million project aims to address the region’s power crisis by enabling transport of natural gas from petroleum fields in Nigeria to Benin, Togo and Ghana. (Sources: World Bank panel probing West Africa gas pipeline/Reuters; World Bank Probes Chevron Nigeria Pipeline for Violations/The Associated Press)

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