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Ogra blames Shell for oil tanker tragedy, imposes Rs 257m fine

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  1. Lagay Raho

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    ISLAMABAD: Oil and Gas Regulator Authority (Ogra) on Friday ordered a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell to pay about 257 million rupees ($2.4 million) in damages and compensation for a tanker explosion that killed more than 200 people.


    The oil regulator has held Shell Pakistan Ltd (SPL) responsible for the blast in Punjab province on June 25 after the tanker carrying gasoline for the company rolled over, and villagers rushed to collect leaking fuel.

    The road accident was caused by “non-professional driving/vehicle being lesser than required specs”, the authority said in a report seen by Reuters.

    “The report shows that they have completely ignored the safety standards of the vehicles procured from the contractors,” OGRA spokesman Imran Ghaznavi told Reuters, referring to Shell Pakistan.

    Shell Pakistan said in an email the company was reviewing the report, adding “we respect the role of the regulator and will consider the report as we cooperate with investigations by authorities and as we conduct our own investigation”.

    Shell Pakistan has said the tanker was owned by a contractor it hired to transport its fuel.

    At least 217 people were killed in the explosion and 61 were injured, according to Amir Mehmood, spokesman for Victoria Hospital in nearby Bahawalpur city.

    The energy regulator ordered Shell Pakistan to pay a penalty of 10 million rupees ($95,000).

    In addition, the regulator ordered the company to pay one million rupees ($9,478) in compensation to the families of each of those killed and half a million ($52,750) for each person injured.

    The regulator also ordered the company to upgrade its “infrastructure” in line with its standards.

    The company has the right to appeal against the fine and compensation demand, he said.

    The regulator also criticized police and highway authorities for failing to cordon off the accident site.

    A separate government inquiry into police conduct was being carried out, said Punjab provincial government spokesman Malik Muhammed Ahmed Khan.

    The chairwoman of the OGRA, Uzma Adil Khan, said many fuel companies were not meeting safety requirements introduced in 2009, and the regulatory body had been slow to enforce them.

    “This incident is certainly a wake-up call for all of us,” she said.

    The vice chairman of the Pakistan’s oil tankers association, Zaman Khan, said the accident last month was an anomaly.

    “Tankers meet international standards,” he said.

    https://arynews.tv/en/ogra-blames-shell-for-oil-tanker-tragedy-imposes-rs-257m-fine/
     
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    Good on them! Just because it's in a different country doesn't mean the health and safety standards decrease. Regulations should apply everywhere.
     
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    Why should Shell pay to victims in the first place?

    The accident could be due to negligence wrgt to safety standards but shell is not responsible for Oil-scavenging .

    @El Sidd
     
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    Well actually this is just corporate play at work.

    Normally the tanker and the fuel is insured. That basically means the shortest distance between point A to point B. Normally they even specify at which points the driver can legally stop for a break.

    Actually its a very messy business.

    Shell is in no way responsible for the aftermath but it may very well be responsible for the poor maintenance of the transport vehicle, its safety check and failing to provide proper assistance.

    Even if there was damage to the local fields and the roadworks and even the mental trauma suffered by the people who saw that are eligible.

    Its a very cruel world out there.
     
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    damage to the local fields was done by non other than our Prime Minister and our Punjab Chief Minister's visits when the crops were cut down to make space for landing of their helis.

    Now the report says that Shell should pay compensation to the dead scavengers.
     
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    That is a different story all together.
    Under the scope of Law and the cited clause they are going for 'Every resulting damage' will have to compensated.
    Usually its a lum sum amount hastily conjured up by low level officers who are under pressure by the government to come up with anything or something soon enough to make them look good.

    as far as the fields which are being cut.

    galay kat rahe hai ap darakhton or faslon pe ro rahi hain.....
    hona kuch nahi hai logon ne tang ajana hai or kisi sur phire ne inka heli gira dena hai.....
    phir naya drama shuru hojana hai....
    bare nazuk balance pe chal raha hai ajkal mamla lol
    islamabad ja kar chakkar laga len pata lag jaega...
    wese to bataya jaraha hai k movement jitni kam hosake karo ajkal kuttay chore huay hai fassadi kutte.
     
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    So instead of punishing the person in charge of the law and order and Administration ... Pakistani agencies have decided to punished the oil company for transporting petrol...
     
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    Imposing fines wont do much,they wont be paid anyway in most case. We need a proper Driver training program for Heavy Vehicles.My uncle has 60 Oil Tankers and 98% of his drivers dont have a real driving licence.more than 50% are under 19 years of age..you have no idea how bad these drivers are...and many of them have drug addiction...........
     
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    You shouldn't really advertise your uncles corruption or mishandling of affairs online. Just a friendly advice.

    Now a training program is a good idea. it was in the pipelines but i guess it never got approved.
    they were talking about two options. general driving program for any vehicle heavy and a specialized program for dangerous goods.

    it included things like drug test, not being alone in the cockpit, not more than 12 hours at a time, safer routes selection and proper training if something goes wrong along with dedicated workshops along heavily trafficked routes.

    all good and well... but practicality comes after dedication to theory.
     
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  10. Lagay Raho

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    Thats not corruption,its majbori real drivers are very rare - My own drivers dont have real heavy licences how about that - pick anyone from this field - my rough idea is that only 5-10% drivers have real heavy vehicles licence
    we need that badly,yes
     
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    Well i cannot influence anyone in the office.

    But you can help yourself by starting a good initiative. You can start your own little training program. If its catches on it will be a good business as well.

    Sir jee Allah ne agar istetaat di hai to isse istemaal karen...
    majbori ko zimedari samajh len...

    neki ka business karen.... double faida hai
     
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    ap hi start kardain ye business,500+ drivers send karon ga :enjoy:
     
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    sir jee... aap apne 60 drivers ko train karden.. itni si request hai
    allah ne agar mujhe istetaat di to me krdonga start..
    inshallah
    wada rahaaaaaaaa lol
     
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    our road safety standers are indeed very poor and majority of our drivers have no awareness of safety measures other than that our vehicle fitness centers and driving licensee offices are opened to make money even a blind man can have a driving license in our current system... cut in short destruction is the fate of that society where justice could be bought.
     
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    Jo baat hai.