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  • River Nyamwamba makes its way down to Lake George

    Copper ‘waste’ poisoning Kasese river

    Long-standing pollution problem underscores the importance of properly decommissioning mining projects. Read More

  • Elephants stroll

    We have the expertise to pull it off-Total

    Total E&P Uganda is working in Exploration Area 1 (EA-1) and Exploration Area 1A (EA-1A) within the Albertine Region. Below, the company’s Biodiversity Coordinator, Imogen Crowford, talks about working in an ecologically-sensitive area, and says Total is doing all it can to keep the Albertine environment intact.  Read More

  • Luteganda Erinya at the construction site of a new  police station. He says that the

    Oil road unlocks opportunities for Kingfisher residents

    CNOOC has been transporting most of its equipment to the Kingfisher area using this jetty on Lake Albert, a much more costlier option.

    Residents of Kyangwali sub-county in Hoima district are thrilled at what may be the single most important benefit they will ever get from oil: a new road that will link them to the Lake Albert shores in the oil-rich Buhuka parish, saving them from a torturous back-breaking escarpment. Read More

  • NAPE REPORT FRONT PAGE

    The thin line between conservation and extraction

    Government, investors and host communities have to make a choice between sustaining sacred natural sites and territories, water and communities’ food sovereignty; or sacrificing them in favour of short-term benefits from mining and extractive activities, says a new report by the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) and the Gaia Foundation. Read More

  • Elephant

    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

  • Ngara Waste Storage Site in Buliisa District operated by Tullow Oil Uganda.

    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

  • An elephant takes a strol in Queen Elizabeth National Park.  It hosts vertebrate species including 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 Ugandan Protected Areas.

    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

  • A converted vehicle gets refilled at Ubungo station (Photo: Beatrice Ongode)

    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

  • A miner uses a rope to climb out of a mine. This particular mine is said to be  at least fifty feet deep.

    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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  • An elephant takes a strol in Queen Elizabeth National Park.  It hosts vertebrate species including 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 Ugandan Protected Areas.

    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