Gorillas in Congo are in Danger: Oil exploration in Virunga

Instead of the hoped tourists, now the oil industry is moving in and stating that their positive effects would easily balance minor environmental damages… Unofficial translation of the German article Die Zeit “Der große Ausverkauf des Virunga-Nationalparks” By Jonas Schaible Although the Democratic Republic of Congo through the last two decades has had to mourn… Read More

Listen to Kenya’s Communities on Oil, Hope and Fear…

Photo: Godfrey Mwampembwa/Nation Media Group . LODWAR/LOKICHAR, 29 May 2012 (IRIN) – Although just a few hundred kilometres from Nairobi, the county of Turkana, where newly-confirmed oil reserves are set to go on stream in the next few years, feels more like a million miles away from the gleaming skyscrapers and concentrations of power and… Read More

Virunga: Chronicle of a Betrayal Foretold

Unofficial translation of the excellent article of DRC blogger Jean-Baptiste Badesire: A  reflection on oil exploration and exploitation in Virunga National Park, and how the Congolese authorities choose the easy money at the expense of the sustainable development and social peace in North Kivu. READ HERE THE (ORIGINAL) FRENCH VERSION This Friday, January 31, 2014… Read More

What happened when Chad found oil? : “Quel Souvenir” A Documentary

What happened when Chad found oil?: “Quel Souvenir”, a new documentary The objective of oil companies is not to be socially-responsible – that costs money; it is to make as much money as possible. It’s the government’s job to be socially-responsible, and to ensure that oil companies adhere to practices that don’t harm anyone. This… 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

Hot off the Press: New oil Law Threatens Corruption and Environmental Damage – and UK SOCO is first in the queue

A murky deal for the Congo as oil exploration threatens corruption and environmental damage – and London-based Soco International is first in the queue . Weeks after putting down a rebellion, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing new oil laws that could open it up to vast corruption and put its… Read More

Real Wildcatters go to Ethiopia to Hunt for Oil: Rings a Bell in Virunga?

Real wildcatters go to Ethiopia to hunt for oil Oct. 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM | 0 comments ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Amid East Africa’s oil and gas boom, the more adventurous oilmen are starting to gravitate toward the vast Ogaden desert region of Ethiopia, where drilling activity has been sparse since… Read More

Who is misleading who? SOCO’s statement in response to Virunga local communities’ films

SOCO’s Statement in Response to Virunga Communities’ fears  . All of these testimonies were filmed in and around Virunga National Park and are meant to give the people of North Kivu a voice about their social, environmental and human rights concerns. . . All of these local stories are dealing with oil exploration in Virunga… Read More

Weekly Serie Oil drilling in Protected Areas – Murchison Delta: Blurred Future of Wildlife and Tourism

Oil drilling in Murchison delta and the blurred future of wildlife and tourism By Isaac Imaka & Frederic Musisi April 10  2013 at  01:00 A shoebill is often described as an ugly, shy and rare bird. Ugly as it may look, it is one of the most sought after birds in the Murchison Falls National… Read More

IUCN’s position on Virunga: Oil Development is Incompatible with World Heritage Status

Virunga National Park in peril from armed conflict and oil exploration 24 June 2013 | News story Two guards of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature lost their lives following attacks by armed groups in the Virunga National Park World Heritage site, a recent report has revealed. Topped with oil exploration, continued unrest… Read More

Weekly Serie Oil Drilling in Protected Areas – Virunga flags environment sensitivity of the Albertine Graben

Concerns over drilling for oil in Virunga flags environment sensitivity of the Albertine Graben June 22, 2013 By Angelo Izama in Oil & Energy Tags: Albertine Graben, CNOOC, Murchison Falls National Park, Oil, Total E&P, Tullow, uganda, Virunga Leave a comment . A request by the World Heritage Committee for the cancellation of oil exploration permits… Read More

June 17th, 2013: UNESCO World Heritage Committee requests cancelation of Virunga oil permits

World Heritage Committee requests cancelation of Virunga oil permits 17 June 2013 The international body that oversees World Heritage Sites today requested the cancellation of oil exploration permits in Virunga National Park, some of which are currently held by international petroleum conglomerates, including UK-based Soco International PLC and French oil giant Total SA. Located in… Read More