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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.

    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

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    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

  • Yoweri point to what is left

    “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

  • 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.

    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

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    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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  • Image: dead whale washed ashore in Ghana's Western Region

    Is oil killing the whales in Ghana?

    According to Civil Society Organisations in Ghana, twenty dead whales have been washed ashore in the coastal Western Region since oil production started three years ago. (Photo provided by Friends of the Nation)

    The Ghana government and environmentalists are trading accusations after more decomposing carcasses of whales were washed ashore last month, reigniting debate on the government’s capacity to balance oil production and environment conservation.   Read More

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    Large water aquifers discovered in oil-rich Turkana region

    Water gushing out of a borehole at Napuu area during the flushing process (Photo: UNESCO)

    The Kenya government announced last week that huge underground water sources had been discovered in the arid Turkana region north of Kenya, big enough to meet the country’s fresh water needs for at least 70 years. Read More