The New Juaben Municipal Assembly in the Eastern region of Ghana has initiated legal processes against Dukes Petroleum Limited over siting of a ” dangerous ” Filling station located between residential houses at Koforidua -Anlo Town.
The writ of summons filed by Counsel for the New Juaben Municipal Assembly ,D.K Nyanudor and cited by ENA ,is seeking the following reliefs (1) an order for declaration that the plot of land on which the fuel service station is being constructed is Earmarked /Zoned by the Plaintiff as Residential area.(2) An Order to demolish the structure built for fuel service station at Anlo-Town as it is sited in a place dangerous to residents in the community and (3) An Order for Perpetual Injunction to restrain defendant ,his privies,agents or his workmen from operating the fuel service station.
The decision by the local authority to drag the company to court has been imperative because it defied revocation of permit notice and Stop work order served in April 29,2016 and October 18,2016 respectively by the Municipal Assembly and the Eastern regional Disaster Management Committee.
The disputed filling station has been built in a densely populated area in between cluster of houses more dangerously ,shares wall with kitchens of residents. The Fuel Service Station would pose serious threat to the health of over 100 persons directly staying closer to fuel service station as a result of continues inhalation of harmful chemicals which dissipate from the petroleum products ,and above all,likely to perish lives and several properties in case of any unfortunate fire outbreak.
Residents embarked on several demonstrations and petitioned appropriate authorities during the early stage of the project,with calls for it to be terminated .These compelled the Eastern regional disaster Management committee led by then Eastern regional Minister Mavis Ama Frimpong to stop the developer in October,2016 but after a short while, work resumed steadily .The Eastern Regional Police Command , on December 26,2016 stormed the project site and arrested workers on site to the Regional Police Command but were later released hence the completion of the project which is due for operation.
However,Dukes petroleum limited say,the company secured all necessary permits from the appropriate regulatory bodies including the National Petroleum Authority,Environmental Protection Agency ,Ghana National Fire service ,Town and Country Planning ,and the Municipal Assembly before constructing the filling station.
Scientists say, living near a petrol station can be a health hazard because, air in the immediate vicinity of a petrol station is always polluted with airborne particles from evaporated fuel and therefore harmful to local residents.Scientists from the University of Murcia in Spain studied the effects of contamination at petrol stations and found dangerous airborne pollutants which could contaminate buildings as far as 100m away.The scientists said a ‘minimum’ distance of 50 metres should therefore be maintained between petrol stations and housing, and 100 metres for ‘especially vulnerable’ facilities such as hospitals, health centers, schools and old people’s homes.
However,this disputed fuel station is too closer to homes making it dangerous to health and lives of local residents.
source : www.enaghana.com