South Sudan buries reports on oil pollution, birth defects

When I joined an OMV subsidiary in 2005, OMV had just been pressured out of Sudan together with a bunch of other Western companies by human rights pressure groups. Those groups opined that a regime like Omar Bashirs in Sudan should not enjoy oil money as it would use it to further suppress its people. Fair point. But at the time I already said that if OMV and such companies stayed in Sudan, they would bring quality project management, proper procedures to take care of the local population and the environment. Life for many locals would be better for it. After OMV and ki came Chinese operators that did not give to damns about such things and wasted the land. Now people suffer. It would have been better to let Western companies do their thing there as they are way more likely to do things by the book.

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