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

17 May, 2013: BREAKING NEWS – Oil and Gas group TOTAL will not explore for oil in Virunga National Park!

Good News for Africa’s Oldest National Park Oil and gas group Total will not explore for oil within the boundaries of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chairman and CEO Cristophe de Margerie announced today. WWF welcomes the decision that will help conserve the home of mountain gorillas, elephants and a wide… Read More

Global Witness: La loi sur les hydrocarbures devant le parlement de la RD Congo n’est pas en mesure d’arrêter la corruption ou les dommages environnementaux

La loi sur les hydrocarbures devant le parlement de la RD Congo n’est pas en mesure d’arrêter la corruption ou les dommages environnementaux – Global Witness 9 Mai 2013 Les révisions prévues de la loi sur les hydrocarbures de la RD Congo contiennent des défauts majeurs qui pourraient laisser libre court à une mauvaise gestion… Read More

Global Witness: Oil law before Congo parliament fails to safeguard against corruption or environmental damage

Oil law before Congo parliament fails to safeguard against corruption or environmental damage – Global Witness 9 May 2013 Planned revisions to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s hydrocarbons law contain major flaws that could allow gross mismanagement of the country’s oil wealth and serious environmental impacts. The draft text, published by Global Witness today,[i] is before the… Read More

Oil in Virunga: Environmental costs and liabilities, a shareholders responsibility.

Shareholder responsibility could spur shift to sustainable energy Allowing shareholders to be held liable for the damages that companies cause to the environment and people could help transform the world’s energy system towards sustainability, according to new research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). . The research carried out at IIASA… Read More

March 7, 2013 – Oil drilling in Virunga National Park: a matter of national interest?

This week’s alarming headline by Jonny Hogg: “Congo seeks to open way to oil drilling in national parks” reveals how the government of the DRC is planning to go ahead with oil exploration within National Parks. DRC’s parliament is to debate, as early as this month, the new Hydrocarbon bill that could permit oil exploration… Read More

February 8, 2013 – Virunga Oil Blocks: Last Update

Check here for the last update: Oil Block III    32% contains ViNP      Last Update Oil Block IV     50% contains ViNP      Last Update Oil Block V      52% contains ViNP      Last Update —————– Virunga National Park – Oil Exploration: On 23 September 2012, newswire reports indicated… Read More

DEC 31, 2012: Save Virunga from 2012 to 2013

Currently more than 80% of Virunga NP has been allocated as oil concessions. There are many precedents which have shown that oil exploration will lead to serious loss of biodiversity and ecosystems and increased poverty-conflict in the region. In 2013 Virunga national park should be a place where no extractive industry and pollution occurs, a place… Read More

NOV 20, 2012: Belgian Member of Parliament presents a Resolution to Protect Virunga National Park

Georges Dallemagne, Member of the Parliament of Belgium, has presented a resolution for the protection of Virunga National Park. On December 6th the Members of the Parliament will have to vote on the subject. If the resolution is passed it will constitute the formal decision of the Belgian Parliament on the matter. Dallemagne sends a… Read More

UN expert group urges more protection for community activists who protest against business activities

Africa: UN Experts Call for More Protection of Human Rights of Vulnerable Groups Affected By Business Activities 4 NOVEMBER 2012 A United Nations expert body has called on States and business enterprises to address the heightened risk of vulnerability, discrimination and marginalization of groups and communities whose human rights are affected by business activities across… Read More

Oil risk-benefit equation often overlooked by investors = bad practices

Africa: Managing Risks in the Extractive Industries By Lionel Badal, 25 October 2012 ANALYSIS Rising demand fuelled by emerging countries, most notoriously China and India, has led to increased competition for natural resources. Despite recurrent volatility in the markets, the trend is a rise in prices, oil being the prime example. In this context, frontiers… Read More