UK Government opposes Soco oil search in Virunga
Despite concerns from humanitarian groups, conservationists and local community members, London-based oil company Soco International PLC has moved forward with oil exploration in Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park and a World Heritage Site that is home to endangered species and provides fish and freshwater to over 50,000 nearby residents. The UK is against Soco’s oil activities in the area as Soco’s operations violate human rights and environmental standards. Evidence submitted includes reports of unlawful detentions, intimidation and threats against the safety of anti-oil activists, WWF contends. Over half a million people have joined WWF to demand that Virunga National Park be protected from the damaging impacts of oil.
Original article posted: 24.10.13 updated: 02.12.13