Why businesses should assess human rights impacts from the outset of projects: #SOCO in #Virunga National Park, DRC – IPIS

IPIS Insights: Why businesses should assess human rights impacts from the outset of projects. SOCO International Oil Company in Virunga National Park, DRC SOCO International, a British oil company, is prospecting for oil in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park – a World Heritage Site. For the past year, their presence has been… Read More

July-Aug 2013: What have Governments and International Organizations said about Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park?

Save Virunga Half-Year 2013 Update:  What have Governments, International and Local Organizations said about Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park? . Answer: Governments and major countries have gotten together and expressed their concerns about oil exploration in Virunga National park. They urge both SOCO and the DRC government to respect national and international conventions. If… Read More

JAN 07, 2013 Chaos in Congo – Virunga National Park has a new enemy: Oil

View of the Virunga National Park from the the ranger headquarter in Rumangabo, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Jan-Joseph Stok/GlobalPost) Virunga National Park has a new enemy: Oil Possible oil reserves beneath Africa’s oldest park threaten its survival. Tristan McConnell LAKE EDWARD, Democratic Republic of Congo — It is not just war threatening the future of Africa’s… Read More

DEC, 2012, FP: Oil in Central Africa. What Could go Wrong?

The Stories You Missed in 2012 Ten events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2013. BY JOSHUA E. KEATING | DECEMBER 2012 In recent years, international campaigns have highlighted the role that “conflict minerals” such as coltan, used in many electronic devices, have played in perpetuating violence in the Democratic… Read More

Oil exploration in Virunga: Belgian Parliament versus SOCO UK

Response of Georges Dallemagne, Belgian member of the parliament, to the letter he received from Mr Cagle _ vice-president of the UK oil company SOCO International plc_ following his Parliamentary Resolution to protect Virunga national park.  Mr Cagle’s Letter:  Téléchargement 2012 1129 SOCO International plc – Georges Dallemagne Mr Dallemagne’s Response (unofficial translation): Dear Mr… Read More

AUG 2012, Reynders in Congo: War, Oil and Virunga on the discussion table?

Belgium Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, is on an official mission in DR-Congo and Rwanda. He should be meeting DRC President Joseph Kabila this afternoon in Lubumbashi. This will be his second official visit to Kinshasa; he first visited the country in March 2012. As expected, discussions will be centered… Read More

Congo ! – Maudit pétrole !

Dans un monde où les ressources se font rares, le continent africain est plus que jamais sollicité par les compagnies pétrolières. Dans un récent rapport, International Crisis Group (ICG) met en garde la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) contre la prospection pétrolière, qui pourrait “aggraver les conflits” et “réveiller les velléités séparatistes” de certaines régions.… Read More

DRC and the Curse of Black Gold

By Felix Njini Windhoek – While discoveries of crude oil are supposed to be a precursor to greater economic prosperity, this is not likely to be the case for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Risk analysts warn that recent oil strikes could fuel further internal strife. If not well-managed, oil discoveries in the vast and… Read More

More Challenges than Opportunities in Emerging DRC Oil Industry

Do you really think that oil will make a difference in this woman’s life? Background Africa’s oil industry is growing. Both off-shore and on-shore developments are projected to provide much-needed revenue for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Yet fundamental challenges remain. After years of civil unrest and war, the security situation, both domestically… Read More