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  • Nwoya residents flee elephants

    An elephant mother and calf by the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park (Photo: Nick Young)

    Residents of Purongo sub-county in Nwoya district are appealing to government to devise means of stopping elephants from roaming outside Murchison Falls National Park boundaries, allegedly fleeing noisy oil activities in the park. Read More

  • NEMA, oil companies score poorly in environmental audit

    Ngara Waste Storage Site in Buliisa District operated by Tullow Oil Uganda. The Report says this type of waste management is more costly than treatment. 

    The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has made efforts to manage oil drilling wastes in the Albertine Graben, but capacity gaps in supervision and monitoring of oil activities still exist, a recent environmental audit report released by the Auditor General has revealed. Read More

  • Plan for pollution risks in the Albertine

    If an oil spill were to occur in such an environment, it would not only affect the soils, air, rivers, wetlands, lake, wildlife and communities, but would have far reaching impact that could spark off trans-boundary conflicts. Read More

  • Tanzania building a gas-powered economy

    Buoyed by ‘world class’ gas discoveries over the past few years, Tanzania is hastening plans to put its abundant resource to local use. Read More

  • Artisanal mining:Dangerous, but seemingly profitable

    Oil in Uganda is visiting mining communities in the gold-rich Mubende District, where we have encountered powerful landlords, land conflicts, congestion, deep dark tunnels, tales of ‘huge’ profits and losses as well.

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  • NEMA issues oil waste management licenses

    An elephant takes a stroll in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda’s oil rich-Albertine Region. The eco-sensitivity of the Albertine has raised concerns on the likely impact of oil activities on the flora and fauna there. It hosts 14 percent of all African reptiles, 19 percent of all African amphibians and 52 percent of all African birds. It also hosts 35 percent of all African butterflies, 39 pecent of all African mammals and 70 percent of all Uganda’s Protected Areas.

    The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has licensed four companies to construct and operate waste management facilities to handle oil drilling waste as Uganda moves towards production. Read More

  • Nwoya man cursed by oil

    Douglas Oluoch (Photo: Emil H.)

    PURONGO SUB-COUNTY, NWOYA DISTRICT: What started as a company official taking advantage of a naive resident and duping him to accept his land to be used as a waste dumping site in exchange for a small fee, has developed into a complex social issue, leaving the victim isolated and scared for his life. Read More

  • “My cows were killed by oil waste”

    Yoweri stands in what is left of the ‘killer’ pit, pointing at the stagnant water that he claims killed his livestock ten years ago. The pit has filled up over the years but traces of a greenish liquid can still be seen(Photo: Emil H.) 

    RWEBISENGO SUB-COUNTY, NTOROKO DISTRICT:  This area is part of Exploration Area (EA) 3A in the Semliki Basin, which was first licensed to Heritage Oil and Gas Ltd. in 1997, and later re-licensed to the same company in 2002. Read More

  • Yes, Uganda can afford to protect its environment

    An elephant takes a stroll in Murchison Falls National Park. According to NEMA, the Albertine Graben hosts 14 percent of all African reptiles, 19 percent of all African amphibians and 52 percent of all African birds. It also hosts 35 percent of all African butterflies, 39 percent of all African mammals and 70 percent of all Ugandan Protected Areas.

    Government should borrow to build capacity and real ‘local content’ in environmental management. Read More

  • Saudi Arabia now turning to shale gas for its power needs

    An illustration of the fracking process (Source: www.publicserviceeurope.com)

    Saudi Arabia is planning to start exploiting its massive shale gas reserves for power generation in a bid to save more of its crude oil for export, as the shale revolution spreads outside North America.

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