“Pipelines have harmed agriculture. The government intends to compensate farmers whose lands were dredged,” Ghoneimawi added.
Ghoneimawi continued, “Archaeological areas in Bismayah are among the protected areas that were reported by some channels and media agencies to have been dredged. As a result, the local government is about to launch investigations into this matter and file lawsuits against those responsible for the destruction of Baghdad archaeological sites.”
“We will sue the Ministry of Oil and the implementing company,” he added.
Al-Monitor called the office of the Minister of Oil, which confirmed that the pipeline runs through long distances in desert and agricultural lands. However, the office denied causing any damages to archaeological or agricultural lands. “The pipeline and its approaches only occupy narrow spaces of the land it passes through. The media exaggeration was caused by farmers who unrightfully sought large compensations. They still resort to the media to raise the topic again,” the office said.
Farmers’ losses caused by oil projects is not a new story. On May 28, the local administration in Dhi Qar in the south compensated 900 farmers for damages caused by oil companies working in Garraf oil field.
Environmental problems were also caused by the oil licensing rounds, which have transformed farmlands and marshes to areas affiliated with oil companies without proper inspection or accuracy concerning the condition of the environment.