What is it about?

Gas flaring by petroleum producers is a major environmental pollution problem in Nigeria. Several interventions using legislation to combat the menace have failed. We examine the latest intervention – the Flare Gas Regulations 2018 which has introduced a radical measure whereby all flare gas is appropriated by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and permits issued to investors to take this gas on behalf of the FGN. We find support for the FGN’s action in enabling legislation and conclude that the public interest in combating gas flaring justifies the Regulations.

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Why is it important?

Nigeria continues to lose revenue and suffer environmental despoliation from gas flaring despite legislation aimed at putting a stop to petroleum producers flaring gas. The Gas Flare Regulations 2018 is the latest of such legislation. In effect all the flare gas is now appropriated by the Federal Government of Nigeria. This article analyses the Regulations alongside enabling legislation to determine the validity of its provisions.


The article provides an easy to read summary of Nigeria's gas flare problem and efforts made so far to eliminate gas flaring.

Emmanuel Onyedi Wingate
University of Nigeria Nsukka

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This page is a summary of: Nigeria’s Flare Gas (Prevention of Waste & Pollution) Regulations 2018, Environmental Law Review, June 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1461452919838264.
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