Minister of Energy and Mines underlined, on Tuesday, that oil and mining activities must not be conducted at the expense of health, safety and environmental protection, according to the ministry statement.
Within the framework of coordination and consultation between the sectors, Minister of Energy and Mines, Mr Mohamed Arkab, co-chaired on Tuesday 15 June 2021, a working meeting with the Minister of Environment, Mrs Dalila Boudjemaa. The meeting saw the participation of officials from the two ministries representing the Hydrocarbons Regulatory Authority, the Electricity and Gas Regulatory Commission, the National Agency for Mining Activities and the National Waste Agency.
The meeting focused on issues related to coordination between the two sectors on environmental protection in energy and mining activities, added the ministry communiqué.
The Minister stressed that oil and mining activities cannot be carried out to the detriment of aspects relating to health, safety and environmental protection. On this point, the Minister recalled that the legislation and regulations governing these activities grant particular importance to the protection of the environment and reinforce the control during the whole project cycle, and this, in the respect of sustainable development.
At the end of the debates, the following decisions were adopted: the setting up of working groups in charge of issuing authorisations, the development of Oued Smar biomass project, the protection of facilities and structures, as well as the treatment of discharges from processing facilities and other hydrocarbon-related activities.