Victoria Oil & Gas is subject to best practice standards and extensive regulations which govern environmental protection.
GDC is committed to uphold these standards and regulations as a minimum, and to keep these important matters under continuous review and operates to ensure compliance with the standards expected of an international oil and gas exploration and production company.
At the outset of GDC’s Logbaba Project, GDC commissioned an independent Social and Environmental Due Diligence study in the context of the Equator Principles, 2006 and the IFC Performance Standards, 2012. The Project was identified as being limited in adverse social or environmental impact, and any impacts
were likely to be few in number, generally site specific, largely reversible and readily addressed through mitigation measures. The Group completed a further Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (“ESIA”) as part of
the La-107 and La-108 drilling programme.
The results of the ESIA fed into the Environmental and Social Management Plans (“ESMP”) for the entire operation. In line with the ESMPs, Environmental Monitoring and Compliance is carried out as per Cameroon’s environmental
regulations notably: The Environmental Framework Law and the implementation Decree which lays down procedures for the realisation of Environmental Assessments.
The Projects have thus been awarded Certificates of Environmental Conformity and are subjected to administrative and technical Environmental Monitoring. Such, obligatory follow-up and supervision ensures projects respect their terms of approval in line with ESMP. The responsibility to monitor the compliance of ESMP implementation during projects/operations is vested in GDC’s Environmental Officer.
Within this context GDC, in respect of national and international legislations and aligned with its integrated Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental Policy, prepares quarterly reporting in compliance with the specifications
of the ESMPs, which are submitted to the relevant stakeholders. These reports are also presented to the local communities at regular Platform Meetings held by GDC.