Oil giant “Total” has dirty plans

Despite the global plunge in oil prices, a major pipeline that would carry oil 900 miles across East Africa is moving ahead. International experts warn that the $20 billion projects will displace thousands of small farmers and put key wildlife habitat and coastal waters at risk.

Imagine a tropical version of the Alaskan oil pipeline. Only longer.

And passing through critical elephant, lion, and chimpanzee habitats and 12 forest reserves, skirting Africa’s largest lake, and crossing more than 200 rivers and thousands of farms before reaching the Indian Ocean — where its version of the Exxon Valdez disaster would pour crude oil into some of Africa’s most biodiverse mangroves and coral reefs.

Such a project is ready for construction, to bring to the world oil from new oil fields in the heart of Africa.

It is the East African Crude Oil Pipeline.

The middle of a global pandemic, during which oil demand is in freefall and prices at rock bottom, might seem an odd moment to boost the world’s oil production.
But the petrochemicals industry is always looking for new reserves to replace those being exhausted.

And two oil fields discovered on the shores of Lake Albert, which straddles the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are currently among the biggest and cheapest new reserves available.

They contain an estimated 6 billion barrels, roughly half the size of Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay field.

Construction work has begun at the Kingfisher and Tilenga oil fields, where the China National Offshore Oil Corporation and French giant Total intend to sink 500 wells.

They have already spent an estimated $4 billion on infrastructure and made enemies among local communities by grabbing land and providing paltry compensation.

WWF Uganda, in a 2017 report, warned that the pipeline “is likely to lead to significant disturbance, fragmentation and increased poaching within important biodiversity and natural habitats” populated by elephants, lions, and chimpanzees that are on the international Red List of threatened species.

It “has a greater environmental and social risk” than other pipelines planned in the region, said Paolo Tibaldeschi of WWF Norway, and author of the 2017 report.

It is “longer, and crosses a hilly and seismic region near Lake Victoria, and several biodiversity habitats down to the coast,” he noted.

 

Petition 1: https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/de/stop_the_total_disaster_loc/

Friends of the Earth France, along with Survie and four Ugandan partners, have spent months investigating the situation on the ground, seeking to shed light on the violations committed by this criminal, multinational corporation.
The evidence is piling up against Total. Under the new French law on the corporate duty of vigilance, Friends of the Earth France and Survie are taking Total to court, and they need our support.

Petition 2: https://www.totalincourt.org/

Please both sign and share!

 

 

For more…at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/06/oil-giant-total-has-dirty-plans/

 

And I mean…An environmental crime!!
France has a shameful colonial past when it comes to Africa, one that President Emmanuel Macron described as a ‘crime against humanity’.

And yet here we are in 2020 with a French oil firm desperately pushing through a major fossil fuel project so it can profit even more from the climate suffering of Africans.

Ultimately if the world breaches the 1.5°C goal, it will not be Africa’s fault.

Africa makes up 17% of the world’s population and has generated only 4% of global emissions.

The fault will lie with the criminal politicians and companies of the global North.

Instead of helping Africa develop along clean energy pathways, they are greedily shackling the continent to a dirty fossil fuel future with dire climate consequences for us all.

My best regards to all, Venus

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