Rovnaq Abdullayev: Gas leaks from underneath houses in Masazir hazardous for environment

Rovnaq Abdullayev: Gas leaks from underneath houses in Masazir hazardous for environment
# 12 September 2015 13:46 (UTC +04:00)
“There are shale gas and bitumen layers in that area. This is why the gas leak happening there is quite natural but it is hazardous for the environment,” said the SOCAR president.
He added that it’s illegal to build houses on shale gas and bitumen layers.
“It’s known that the Absheron Peninsula, including the Masazir village, is an area of gas leaks. SOCAR has been warning for year years against the illegal construction of houses near oil and gas fields for its potential danger. I have addressed the population many times in this regard. In parts of Masazir, there are undergoing gas leaks and the area is therefore dangerous for living. Led Deputy Prime Minister Abid Sharifov, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, SOCAR, ANAS, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources have inspected the area several times. Inspections are still ongoing,” said Rovnaq Abdullayev.
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