Adverse Environmental Effects of Seismic Surveys: Virunga Hippos, Fisheries…Illegal

For offshore exploration, the oil and gas industry typically relies on arrays of airguns, which are towed behind ships and release intense impulses of compressed air into the water about once every 10 to 12 seconds. Although most of the energy from these acoustic “shots” is intended to search downward for evidence of oil and… Read More

Weekly Series – Corporate Respect for Human Rights #4: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction

Excerpt from Business, Human Rights, and Uganda’s Oil Part II: Protect and Remedy: Implementing State duties under the UN Framework on Business and Human Rights The following is the second in a series of four reports exploring business and human rights issues in Uganda’s oil sector. This series is a collaboration between IPIS vsw and… Read More

Save Virunga Rewind 2013

Save Virunga is a global initiative to protect Virunga, Africa’s Oldest National Park, from oil exploration and exploitation. These are the moments and most pressing issues that defined Save Virunga in 2013. 2014: Preserving Virunga National Park will bring sustainable development, peace and stability in the conflict affected areas of Eastern DR-Congo. Governments, Businesses and… Read More

Virunga: The Real Price of Energy

Virunga: The real price of energy August 2, 2013 – Author: Hughes Belin . In 2010, the Congolese Government of Kinshasa granted concessions to European companies to exploit oil near the border with Uganda. Exploration is only starting now in a context of civil war. But the area includes one of the world’s most exceptional… Read More

SOCO waiting for the Results of the Strategic Environmental Assessment and Kinshasa’s Decision?

Kinshasa, DRC – On the 7th of November, Serge Lescaut, SOCO’s Central Africa director announced that the UK Oil company will be waiting for the results of the Strategic Environmental Assessment commissioned by the DRC government and supported by the EU. The company official says to have the full support of DRC government and will… Read More

Aug 2014: What Has SOCO International Plc said about Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park – Top 10…

SOCO is uncertain of what the Virunga National Park landscape looked like when it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1979. However, we are aware of what the area looks like today, scarred by decades of deforestation, poaching and violence against its inhabitants. Despite the efforts and financial investments of some organizations in the… Read More

Weekly Series – Corporate Respect for Human Rights #2: Business, Human Rights, and Uganda’s Oil

Business, Human Rights, and Uganda’s Oil Part One: Uganda’s oil sector and potential threats to human rights . . This paper is Part One of a four part series on business, human rights and oil in Uganda: Part OneUganda’s oil sector and potential threats to human rights Part TwoProtect and Remedy: Implementing State duties under… Read More

Virunga’s future threatened by oil – it’s time to Draw The Line

Virunga’s future threatened by oil – it’s time to Draw The Line 1 August 2013 Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest national park, could be of huge long-term value to local communities – if oil extraction is kept out. That’s the conclusion of the new Dalberg report published today. UK company Soco International plc is intending… Read More

Transboundary Oil Spill in the Amazon: what could be the impact in the Great Lakes Region – Virunga

1 / The damage caused by such an oil spill in the Semliki River, which issues from Lake Edward in Virunga National Park and happens to be the source of the Nile, could reach other nations as Uganda, Rwanda, polluting zones and coasts up to the Mediterranean sea, with serious impact on environment, livelihoods, water… Read More

See “Nigeria’s Illegal Oil Refineries”, imagine what could happen to Virunga…

Reuters photographer Akintunde Akinleye recently gained rare access to an illegal oil refinery near the river Nun in Nigeria’s oil state of Bayelsa. There, he was able to document the secret and dangerous practice of oil bunkering, where locals hack into oil pipelines, steal the crude oil, and refine or sell it abroad. For over… Read More

Message 6 – Oil in Bodo – Nigeria: A message to the Oil Companies

Chief Saint Emmah Pii speaks about Shell’s oil pollution in Nigeria. The facts about Shell’s oil pollution in Nigeria. Living with Shell is bad, and it’s getting worse every day. Tell the world! Join worsethanbad.org Source: WorsethanBad

Conflicts between Local communities and Oil Companies: all what can go wrong…

Conflicts between Local communities and Oil Companies: all what can go wrong… Conflicts about land and compensation for expropriation: Oil exploration and production requires large land areas, which, during the war, had been “cleared” in proxy wars by militias allied to the GoS, through displacement and killing. “There was a lot of displacement in the… Read More