BREAKING: DRC Virunga Park Again Threatened by Oil, links to SOCO

It was believed that  Virunga was saved after the withdrawal in 2015 of the oil company Soco who wanted to drill in the park. It was an illusion: Kinshasa has been negotiating the renewal of the controversial permit to an offshore oil company. It was June 2014. At that time, the British firm Soco International, after an… Read More

Think Africa Press – Why Changing Congo’s Proposed Oil Legislation Should Be Top of the Bill – Transparency, Virunga, Future Generations!

Oil legislation proposed in Democratic Republic of Congo could facilitate future corruption and lead to environmental damage in one of Africa’s most diverse and fragile national parks. Article | 24 September 2013 – 3:52pm | By Jamie Pickering   A controversial hydrocarbons bill, concerning the management of planned oil production expansion in the Democratic Republic… Read More

Insecurity, poaching and oil exploration raise fears for Virunga

2 poached baby gorillas raise fears in Congo KINSHASA, Congo — Endangered Grauer’s gorillas have become victims of ongoing violence and a new rebellion in eastern Congo. A decision to allow oil exploration in a national park there may put the gorillas at greater risk. Virunga National Park said Monday that wildlife authorities rescued two… Read More

OCT 2011: Hydrocarbon Ministry grants permit for exploration in Virunga NP

Two permits  giving SOCO the go-ahead were signed by DRC’s hydrocarbons and environment ministries despite a previously announced commitment by the government to suspend oil exploration in the Park pending the result of a Strategic Environmental Assessment. The assessment, funded by the EU and other international donors, is expected to be complete in late 2012.… Read More

SEP 2011: Environment Ministry authorises “aeromagnetic and aerogravimetric” surveys in Virunga NP

Two permits  giving SOCO the go-ahead were signed by DRC’s hydrocarbons and environment ministries despite a previously announced commitment by the government to suspend oil exploration in the Park pending the result of a Strategic Environmental Assessment. The assessment, funded by the EU and other international donors, is expected to be complete in late 2012.… Read More