According to the BBC, gas flaring in oil fields where BP, Eni, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Shell operate has resulted in millions of tonnes of unreported emissions.
The “wasteful” burning of extra natural gas created during oil production is known as flaring.
The businesses claimed that their reporting procedure followed accepted business standards.
Flared gases produce an air-polluting mixture of carbon dioxide, methane, and black soot that hastens global warming.
The BBC has also discovered significant concentrations of chemicals that may cause cancer in Iraqi towns close to oil sites where gas is flared. According to our research, these fields have some of the highest rates of unreported flaring worldwide.
The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, David Boyd, responded by calling these communities “contemporary sacrifice zones, places where profit and private interests are prioritised over human health, human rights, and the environment.”