Chevron drilling oil again in Kurdistan

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By Middle East Affairs

Chevron said Tuesday it has resumed drilling oil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, AFP reports.

The operations were halted for four months because of tensions between Baghdad and the Kurds.

There had been an independence referendum in Erbil, a northern city, and Baghdad “responded harshly to the vote,” according to AFP. Baghdad declared the referendum illegal and put an aerial blockade on Kurdistan and sent troops.

“Chevron can confirm that it has resumed its activities in the KRI and we have restarted drilling operations at our Sarta 3 well,” a company spokeswoman told AFP.

 

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