ExxonMobil Evacuated Foreign Workers from Iraq Oil Field, as US Warns Commercial Airliners That Fly Over Persian Gulf

By Faye Higbee

Reuters reported that ExxonMobil evacuated its foreign employees from the West Qurna 1 oil field in Iraq. They were evacuated to Dubai, and some will be “running the oil field remotely.” The FAA also issued a warning to commercial airlines that fly over the region that they run the “risk of being misidentified.”

As tensions with Iran seemingly rise, we wonder what’s really up. It’s surely possible that all these things are just hype or hysteria, but ALL of them? Precautions are just that, precautions, but there certainly have been a lot of them lately, including telling non-emergency diplomatic personnel to leave Iraq.

ExxonMobil is the lead contractor with Iraq’s Southern Oil Company (Basra Oil). The Iraqi Chief stated:

“Exxon Mobil’s evacuation is a precautionary and temporary measure. We have no indication over any dangers, the situation is secure and very stable at the oilfield which is running at full capacity and producing 440,000 bpd. The foreign engineers will provide advice and perform their duties from the company’s Dubai offices and we have no concerns at all.” Ihsan Abdul Jabbar, Basra Oil

ExxonMobil says they have measures and programs in place to protect their employees. The majority of the evacuees are Americans acting as advisers, according to Fox.

Even Airlines

An FAA notice to airlines that was published on Thursday held a warning for Commercial flights that fly over the Persian Gulf. This came after the recent warning to commercial ship traffic in the waters of the Gulf.

The NY Post noted:

The order relayed Saturday by US diplomats in Kuwait and the UAE came from an FAA Notice to Airmen published late Thursday in the US. It said that all commercial aircraft flying over the waters of Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman needed to be aware of “heightened military activities and increased political tension.”

This presents “an increasing inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation operations due to the potential for miscalculation or misidentification,” the warning said. It also said aircraft could experience interference with its navigation instruments and communications jamming “with little to no warning.”

So as we here in the US wrangle over leftists being asshats, we should pay attention to these not so subtle signs. Perhaps everything will die down and there will be no problems. And perhaps not.

Featured photo of Iraq’s Qurna 1 oil field via Oilprice.com