Taskforce to look into abandoned oil wells in Miri, says Sarawak minister


Dateline 2020-09-23, Malay Mail:

A taskforce will be set up with the objective of ensuring that all 624 abandoned oil wells throughout Miri would not pose any danger to the public and also to the environment.

Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said this taskforce, comprising experts from oil and gas (O&G) industries, would be chaired by the Miri Resident.

“Petronas, Shell and Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) will form this taskforce.

“We will also invite those from Curtin University Malaysia, who are experts in petroleum engineering and geophysics, to look into all the abandoned oil wells in Miri, particularly those up on Canada Hill that have been left abandoned for a long time,” he said when met by reporters after chairing a meeting on ‘Abandoned Oil Wells and Historical Places in Miri’, which took place at the Resident’s Office here yesterday.

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