Drilling Africa’s Great Lakes: No Virunga and No Planet B

Blocks off Africa’s coast have already been snapped up by exploration companies but what of East Africa’s enormous great lakes? With exploration well underway in Lake Albert and plans laid down for Lake Malawi, Philip Kleinfeld looks at the social, political and environmental challenges. Lake Albert Uganda Blocks off Africa’s coast have already been snapped… 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

Weekly Serie – Is Oil Hunt in Ugandan National Parks a Real Test to Africa’s Eco Defenses? Or Legal Defenses?

Is Oil Hunt in Ugandan NParks a Real Test to Africa’s Eco or Legal defenses? Some of the latest articles on oil developments in Uganda are not very clear on what is being done by both government and companies in Uganda. When speaking to some key environmentalists in Uganda it was clear that both Uganda… Read More

Uganda’s oil: lessons on governance and the resource curse

The successes and failures of other oil producing countries show that technical expertise can take you only so far. Good legislation can be rapidly undermined by bad governance. . “The domination of Ugandan politics by a single party, and increasingly by President Museveni, has undermined civil society” Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters As fresh column inches… Read More

Platform London: A Lake of Oil … Conflict, Pollution and Poverty in the Great Lakes

One of the many lakes with Oil…lessons to be learnt… A Lake of Oil: Congo’s contracts escalate conflict, pollution & poverty May 17, 2010 • 5:06 pm A Lake of Oil analyses confidential oil contracts held by UK companies Tullow and Heritage in the Democratic Republic of Congo that were leaked by Platform, revealing the… Read More

Oil Pollution Safeguards for Lake Albert – Uganda & No-go area for Virunga – DRC

Environmentalists fear that the oil fever in Uganda could have disastrous impacts on the area biodiversity of Lake Albert and are urging  for oil pollution safeguards in Uganda, what kind of provision should the DRC government, UK  Soco and France Total give for a World Heritage site and the refuge of the last mountain Gorilla?… Read More