Fishers Unite: Fish not Oil in Virunga and Lake Edward

Fishers Unite! All Pictures from Enanga.org It is abnormal for a fisher or fishing community to depend on imported fish for protein. It is an unhappy situation when an experienced fisherman returns from a fishing trip with only flotsam or other debris, including plastics, in the nets. Unfortunately, this is the reality facing fishers in… Read More

The Curse of Oil : Lessons for Virunga, Leave the Oil in the Soil

The problem, in a nutshell, is that for fifty years, foreign oil companies have conducted some of the world’s most sophisticated exploration and production operations, using millions of dollars’ worth of imported ultramodern equipment, against a backdrop of Stone Age squalor. They have extracted hundreds of millions of barrels of oil, which have sold on… Read More

Oil Wealth and Poverty: Africa’s Last Eco-Frontier

  Oil and Africa: Fear of Disruption, Pollution, Land Grabbing, Corruption, Human Rights Abuse and insecurity . By Rajab Bwengye Africa is known as the World’s richest in terms of Natural resources. These include forests, wetlands, minerals, wild animals, fertile soils, lakes and rivers plus other magnificent land forms therefore, why the continent has remained… 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

Message 4 – Oil in the Niger Delta: We are Dying Here!

Synopsis The Niger Delta is an environmental disaster zone after fifty years of oil exploitation.   One and a half million tons of crude oil has been spilled into the creeks, farms and forests, the equivalent to 50 Exxon Valdez disasters, one per year. Natural gas contained in the crude oil is not being collected, but… Read More

Oil pollution by Shell in Nigeria: the legal case

Source: WorsethanBad On 30 January 2013 in The Hague a Dutch judge will rule in a special court case that four Nigerian farmers and Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) jointly brought against Shell Nigeria and its parent company Royal Dutch Shell in 2008. Shell is held accountable for oil pollution in the Nigerian villages… Read More

Dirty Work: Oil Security Spendings and Human Rights Abuses

Apart from its colossal scale, what is striking about Shell’s security spending in Nigeria is its ineffectiveness. Shell spent many millions of dollars each year on government forces who failed to provide the company with adequate security. It is no surprise the US government observed that Shell’s over-reliance on military forces created “serious internal friction”… Read More

East African Oil needs Environmental Planning to Avoid Disaster, DRC Virunga needs no-go-zone

East African Oil and Gas – Proper Environmental Planning Needed to Avoid Disaster By Thembi Mutch, 27 September 2012 East Africa is about to experience a hydrocarbon induced economic boom. However, the disconnect between what oil and petrol companies say is happening regarding the development of oil and gas resources, versus what international NGOs, academics… Read More

Cary on and hope: oil companies and their ‘positive’ social impact

Insight: A year on, Nigeria’s oil still poisons Ogoniland 1 of 9. Children play near a borehole where a signboard is erected in Eleme community, outside Nigeria’s oil hub city of Port Harcourt August 1, 2012. A bright yellow sign above the well in this sleepy Nigerian village says ‘caution: not fit for use’, and… Read More

Oil in Virunga = Economic instability, Conflict and Environmental damage

Credits: ENOUGH Project Can Africa break its ‘resource curse’? STORY HIGHLIGHTS In many African nations natural resources have led to economic instability Resource wealth can lead to corruption, cronyism and violence Conflicts in DR Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been funded by diamonds Botswana and Ghana have largely avoided the “resource curse” London, England… Read More