Petroleum Division says protest near gas field might hamper supply, asks KP government to take action

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LAHORE: The Petroleum Division has taken notice of the attempt to mobilise agitation and protests in District Kohat and has asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government to take action against the protesters who could possibly threaten the supply of gas and oil from nearby Khyber Oil and Gas Field. 

According to a press statement issued by the division staging protests within two kilometres (km) of an active oil and gas field is an illegal act. 

“The Petroleum Division has drawn attention of the KP government to this (protest) and requested for action to ensure no untoward activity takes place which could stall the continued supply of oil and gas from the site areas,” read the press statement. 

The secretary petroleum in his letter to KP chief secretary has also requested that directions be issued to concerned departments to ensure that the supply and transportation of gas and oil from Tal Block will not be hampered. 

“The Ministry of Energy (MoE) values the international investments in the exploration and production sector of Pakistan and is closely monitoring the situation and such rabble will not be tolerated at any cost,” said the press statement issued by the Petroleum Division. 

Earlier on Monday, The Lahore High Court (LHC) summoned the principal secretary to the prime minister, secretary petroleum, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) chairman and others on June 17, to appear before the court in a case related to the shortage of petroleum products in the country.

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