The Petroleum Commission (PC) has recorded 17,822 incursions within the safety zones of three oil and gas installations in three years, a situation it says threatens upstream oil and gas assets and the lives of the fishers.
The installations are the Jubilee, the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Sankofa and the Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) oilfields.
The PC said instead of declining, the number of incursions by canoe fishermen rose to 7,015 as of October last year, from 4,185 in 2016 and 6,622 in 2017.
This came to light during an engagement with members of the Western Regional House of Chiefs in Takoradi. The Manager in charge of Health, Safety and Environment at the PC, Mr C. K. James, named some of the canoes that notoriously flouted the rules as By God’s Grace, Yehowa Dzi Mikwelo, C. C. F. Psalm 23, Enso Nyame Ye, Greater to Grace and Ben Gee.