It is no longer news that the city of PH has been enveloped with carbon black popularly referred to as black soot among the citizenry. The soot is the direct effect of burning of hydrocarbons and in this case from make shift refineries by locals to refine crude oil got from petroleum pipeline validation which is commonly refereed to as “KPO FIRE”.  The situation has been worsened by operatives of government who also had resorted to setting ablaze these local refineries alongside the crude oil in them thereby causing massive environmental pollution rather than dismantling and appropriately disposing of such facilities in line with government environmental protection guidelines and of course the frequent burning of tires at abattoirs, roadside mechanics and the illegal emission of dangerous gases from companies at late nights unsupervised by government.

All these no doubt have not only polluted the environment via the ozone layer depletion but have severe public health risk like respiratory problems with the tendency of developing lung cancer among others.

In addition to what the government is doing in identifying the companies and individuals perpetuating this crime against humanity for appropriate sanctions and formulating and enforcing more stringent laws to prevent recurrence of such practices to protect man and his environment, below are a few proactive practices we can adopt to safeguard ourselves.

  • Mop your house floors regularly
  • Your doors and windows should be closed at all times and if they must be open, ensure you have close knitted nets on them.
  • Avoid buying and eating road side foods.
  • Wash your fruits and other food items very well before eating.
  • Wash your hands and that of your kids regularly
  • Ensure you bath at night before going to bed.
  • Report all forms of environmental pollution to the appropriate authorities.

The list is endless so you can add yours.

Remember, Environmental care is the most profitable investment.

Written by:

Iwu Finian

Occupational Health & Safety consultant

 

 

 

THE PRESENCE OF BLACK SOOT IN PORT HARCOURT AND ITS ENVIRONS

One thought on “THE PRESENCE OF BLACK SOOT IN PORT HARCOURT AND ITS ENVIRONS

  • March 6, 2017 at 1:34 pm
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    While undoubtedly the local refineries or “kpofire” Is partly cause of this black soot it makes up barely 10% of the soot covering Port Harcourt and its environs, A certain company whose name will remain anonymous for security purposes are responsible for the indiscriminate disposal of asphalt produced waste which via investigation has been found out that it is thrown away at night .

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