Economy Burning gas pollution
Shafaq News/ Press reports confirmed that Iraq ranks second in the world after Russia in terms of environmental pollution, indicating that Iraq burns about 18 billion cubic meters annually.
The BBC reported, in a report viewed by Shafaq News Agency, that the gas burned in Iraq is sufficient to provide energy supplies to about 20 million European homes annually.
She added that "the Rumaila field, which is operated by BP and PetroChina, is the largest source of gas flaring, noting that" studies show that one of the air pollutants that causes cancer is the compound benzopyrene (BaP), which spreads in the air and exceeds what is specified by European safety standards. "Ten times."
The channel continued in its report: “In villages near gas burning areas in Iraq’s own wells, PM2.5 levels recorded a sharp rise, reaching their peak per hour at 100 micrograms per cubic meter, while the safe limit recommended by the World Health Organization is 5 micrograms per cubic metre.
The report noted, “In 2013, the Iraqi government, in cooperation with the oil giant (Shell), established the Basra Gas Company to retain the gas produced by extracting oil from the three largest fields in the country, namely Rumaila, Qurna, and Zubair, and since that time, oil burning has been recorded.” High levels in Iraq, but it has risen to even higher levels.”
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