Nigerian Senator Osita Izunaso has approved a gas flaring law that prohibits oil companies operating in the country from flaring gas after December 2010, according to local press reports.
The law was passed to halt environmental hazards posed by gas flaring, decreasing health hazards and minimising economic wastage.
Nigeria loses N2.5bn from gas flaring each year, according to national statistics.
“Gas flaring has an adverse effect on the health of our people. Today it is being estimated that Nigeria flares up 2.5 billion cubic feet, and the effect of this gas flaring can best be imagined than experienced,” Izunaso told local reporters.
"Our environment is increasingly becoming a time bomb due to gas flaring."