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NEMA seeks public opinion on proposed Lamu-Lokichar crude oil pipeline

An oil well in Turkana. The government is seeking views from the public on a proposed oil pipeline to Lamu. /FILE.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 26 – The National Environment and Management Authority (NEMA) has welcomed public opinion on the proposed Lokichar to Lamu crude oil pipeline in Turkana, Samburu, Isiolo, Meru, Garissa and Lamu counties.

The authority said in a statement that members of the public are to submit oral or written comments in January.

“NEMA invites members of the public to give their views within 30 days from the date of publication of this notice to the Acting Director-General, NEMA to assist the Authority in the decision making process for this project,” NEMA Acting Director-General Mamo Boru Mamo said.

This is an 824-km pipeline that is a section of the Sh2.5 trillion Lamu Port, South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor project which is currently being constructed in Kililana in Lamu West.

The LLCOP project will be constructed in the 500m wide LAPSSET corridor which will accommodate roads and Standard Gauge Railway, oil pipeline and utilities.

The government has assured that it will compensate locals for their land in the affected areas.

“Other land will be required for temporary construction facilities and a number of permanent pumping and other above-ground installations along the length of the pipeline route,” reads the statement.

Other effects will include livestock injuries, noise pollution, limited tourism activities in the area, among others.

Early this month, a multi-agency team of surveyors from the National Lands Commission, Lamu Port Corridor, and other government agencies conducted a preliminary survey of all the Lamu lands.

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