Lagos issues new directive to petroleum marketers over underground pollution


    The Lagos State government has mandated the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN) to always monitor wells in their facilities.

    This mandate comes following concerns by the discovery of pollutants in the underground sources of water within the metropolis,

    The directive was issued to the body, after a meeting with the general manager of the State’s Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) Adebola Shabi, and senior officials of the agency at its premises.

    Shabi, an engineer, told The Guardian that investigation on the quality of underground water from all the 20 local government areas in the State, revealed contamination by petrol stations.

    “We discovered that all the sources of pollution of underground water in the state are petroleum related. So, we have mandated all petroleum stations to have monitoring wells. And we are giving them between six to 12 months to comply starting from September. We had a meeting with them over the issue,” stated Shabi.

    He explained that the monitoring wells is a measure that will help LASEPA to carry out periodic checks and analysis of water samples from all the petrol stations in the state on a quarterly basis. To facilitate the authenticity of the samples, the monitoring wells are to be located close to the underground storage tanks for fuels and diesels in every petroleum retail outlet in the State.