Swamp drilling operations look much alike, regardless of where they are. A canal is dredged to the drillsite and the drill and crew barges brought in to drill the well. Once the well is completed, the dredged canal allows service equipment access to the wellsite. Unfortunately the dredging spoils are often silty and the water different salinity from that of the surface waters resulting in, at least, temporary damage to the swamp vegetation.
This particular oil field brought into play the adage about the map of Africa being drafted on the drawing tables of Europe. The field was located within the province of a different tribe from that of the local village. The local village chief was very upset about oil revenues not going to his tribal homeland province and acted accordingly. His actions disrupted and delayed the development of this oil field until an accommodation could be reached.