Gulf Oil and Gas accountACCOUNT

Congo Will Open Two National Parks up to Oil Drilling

Source: Reuters 6/30/2018, Location: Africa

Share |
Democratic Republic of Congo's government has decided to open up parts of Virunga and Salonga National Parks, home to mountain gorillas, bonobos and other rare species, to oil drilling.

Earlier proposals to allow oil exploration in the parks met fierce resistance from environmental activists, who say drilling would place wildlife at risk and release huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, causing global warming.

The government has defended its right to authorise drilling anywhere in the country and said it is mindful of protecting animals and plants in the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The cabinet said in a statement that it had approved the establishment of interministerial commissions charged with preparing plans to declassify sections of the parks, including 1,720 sq km, or 21.5 percent, of eastern Congo's Virunga.

Virunga sits on the forest-cloaked volcanoes of central Africa and is home to over half the global population of mountain gorillas. British company Soco International performed seismic testing there but let its license lapse in 2015.

Salonga covers 33,350 sq km of the Congo Basin, the world's second-largest rainforest, and contains bonobos, forest elephants, dwarf chimpanzees and Congo peacocks.

Drilling News in Congo, Democratic Republic (Zaire) >>

Norway >>  7/18/2018 - The Petroleum Directorate has granted Equinor Energy AS a drilling permit for wells 35/10-4 S, 35/10-4 A and 35/10-4 B, cf. Section 15 of the Resource...
Australia >>  7/17/2018 - Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG) announced today that the ultra-deepwater semisubmersible GSF Development Driller I was awarded an 11-well contract (approxi...

United Kingdom >>  7/16/2018 - Transocean Ltd. announced that the midwater semisubmersible Transocean 712 was awarded a 13-well contract (approximately 580 days) commencing in March...
Australia >>  7/13/2018 - Carnarvon Petroleum Limited provides the following update on the drilling of the Dorado-1 well. ...

Norway >>  7/10/2018 - Hundreds of workers on Norwegian oil and gas offshore rigs will go on strike on Tuesday after rejecting a proposed wage deal, a state-appointed mediat...
Indonesia >>  7/6/2018 - Range Resources has provided an update on the operations at the Perlak field, located in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. As previously announced, the ope...

Related Categories: Artificial Lift  Cementing, Stimulation  Directional Drilling  Drilling  Drilling Engineering & Equipment Systems  Enhanced Oil Recovery  General  Logging, Perforating, Testing  Offshore Drilling  Reservoir/Completion Consultants  Workover & Well Services  Workover Rigs/Services 

Related Articles: Artificial Lift  Cementing, Stimulation  Directional Drilling  Drilling  Drilling Engineering & Equipment Systems  Enhanced Oil Recovery  General  Logging, Perforating, Testing  Offshore Drilling  Reservoir/Completion Consultants  Workover & Well Services  Workover Rigs/Services 


Congo, Democratic Republic (Zaire) Oil & Gas 1 >> 

More News

 

Oil & Gas Companies in Congo, Democratic Republic (Zaire) >>


Related Links

Gulf Oil and Gas
Copyright Universal Solutions All rights reserved. - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy.