Good community relations lessen security risks

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the US, press attention has focused on the international terrorist threat. That is understandable, but local grievances and security concerns are often as important, if not more so, for international oil and gas operations.Typically problems arise when local people feel that they do not benefit from petroleum operations, even though the oil and gas is found in their area, and they bear the brunt of any environmental damage. Complaints of this nature are commonplace in countries such as Nigeria, Sudan, and Pakistan, where resentment is leading to severe problems.Before beginning operations, it is essential to understand the local...

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