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Pakistan's LNG crisis sparks dangerous 'bag gas' trade

Locals of Karak district in northwest Pakistan are using hoses to siphon gas from main supply lines and filling plastic bags with natural gas to bring it to their homes for cooking.

These risky and illegal means to obtain natural gas for their households' cooking needs show great desperation and failure of local authorities, as per multiple media reports. 

"Pakistan with no natural gas supply to homes, residents of Karak, carry gas for their household needs in plastic bags," Ghulam Abbas Shah, a Pakistani broadcast journalist, Tweeted in late December.  

"They are literally moving bombs. Karak has huge estimated reserves of oil and gas, while to the #Karak people, legal gas connections are not provided since 2007," he said. 

The authorities haven't built the necessary infrastructure to supply the locals with gas despite the region's vast natural gas and oil resources, according to the residents. This unlawful, improvised technique, locally called "bag gas," poses a high risk of explosion. Due to diminishing gas sources and breached delivery agreements by foreign LNG suppliers, residents have been compelled to turn to these hazardous ways.


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