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Cabinet Approves Iraq-Jordan Pipeline, Offshore Oil Exporting Facilities

By John Lee. The Iraqi Cabinet held its regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister, Adil Abd Al-Mahdi, at which it discussed a series of recommendations by the Ministerial Committee for Energy regarding a number of strategic projects aimed at increasing Iraq’s oil production and exporting capacities. The Cabinet approved […]

Video: Years of Conflict hit Health Services in Basra

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq’s vast oil wealth once paid for some of the best health services in the Middle East. But decades of conflict and political unrest have led to, what the government admits, a crisis […]

Cause of Mystery Spill At Mosul Lake

By John Lee. A report from Bellingcat claims to have identified the source of a mysterious black sludge in Mosul Dam Lake. Analysis of open source satellite images suggest a combination of oil waste water, caused by either oil dumping or flooding of polluted rivers by the winter rains. Click here to read the full […]

Water Contamination caused Death of Fish in S. Iraq

WHO and Ministry of Health investigate the massive death of fish in southern governorates of Iraq Laboratory tests conducted on water samples in the reference lab in Amman, Jordan on the cause of death of freshwater fish in the Euphrates River in Iraq have revealed the contamination of water with high content of coliforms, heavy […]

Basra’s Poisonous Water Demands Int’l Action

By Glada Lahn and Nouar Shamout, for Chatham House. Violent protests erupted in Basra this summer in response to the deterioration of public services. At the centre of the unrest is a water supply crisis which Iraq can only solve with regional and international cooperation. In August, frustrations over crippled public services, drought and unemployment […]

Video: Basra Water Pollution Risks Triggering Disease

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Doctors in the southern Iraqi city of Basra are worried that diseases like cholera and diarrhoea might spread through the city’s unuseable water supply. Basra’s canals are blocked by piles of rubbish and […]

Qayyarah Oilfields Still Burning

By Simon Kent. Qayyarah’s oilfields are still on fire weeks after the self declared Islamic State set them on fire as part of a scorched earth strategy during their retreat. The terrorists also poured oil from Qayyarah into the Tigris and set it alight in an attempt to burn a makeshift Iraqi Army bridge. Before […]

IS Pollutes Tigris River with Oil

By John Lee. The Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) has deliberately opened an oil pipe to let the oil flow into the Tigris River near Qayara (45 km south of Mosul) to pollute its water. BasNews reports that the pipe was opened early on Monday in retaliation for the defeats that Daesh has […]

Iran, Iraq to Cooperate on Environment

By John Lee. The head of Iran’s Department of the Environment, Masoumeh Ebtekar, and Iraq’s Minister of the Environment, Ibrahim Turki al-Juburi (Qutaiba al-Jibouri), have met to search for solutions to the environmental issues affecting the countries. According to the report from BasNews, the Ministers discussed the dust storms that blanket the region, particulate pollution, […]

Basra Locals Move Because of Oil Pollution

By Saleem al-Wazzan. This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Fighting for Clean Air: Locals Living Near Basra Oil Wells Move Because of Pollution The oil wells in southern Iraq have made the areas relatively prosperous. […]

Tons of Garbage Being Dumped in Tigris

The Tigris River which bisects Baghdad and several other major Iraqi cities has about one billion cubic meters of polluted materials dumped into it, according to a senior environment expert. Azzaman news agency quotes Kamel al-Saadi, Baghdad Province’s expert on the environment, as saying that pollution was increasing in the river “at an alarming rate” […]