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Uganda oil pipeline has ‘devastated’ livelihoods

A planned oil pipeline to help Uganda export its crude to international markets has “devastated” the lives of thousands of people who have experienced delayed or inadequate compensation for their land, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday. The rights group also said the project, in which TotalEnergies has a 62 percent stake, is a disaster for the planet as it will add emissions that exacerbate climate change. France’s TotalEnergies rejected HRW’s accusations, saying it was respecting all the rights of affected people. Planned at a cost of $3.5bn, the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) will carry crude from oilfields in Uganda’s west through Tanzania to the Indian Ocean seaport of Tanga, a length of 1,445km (898 miles). Preliminary ground work began earlier this year and the pipeline is scheduled for completion in 2025. Those displaced by the pipeline have received inadequate compensation and multiyear delays in receiving that compensation, HRW said in a statement. “EACOP has been a disaster for the tens of thousands who have lost the land that provided food for their families and an income to send their children to school, and who received too little compensation from TotalEnergies.” HRW said it had conducted over 90 interviews earlier this year, including with 75 displaced families in 5 districts in Uganda. A TotalEnergies spokesperson told the Reuters news agency the firm and its partners are committed to addressing the rights of affected people as well as the environmental and biodiversity impact of the project. “We are doing everything to ensure it [EACOP] is a model in terms of transparency, shared prosperity, economic and social progress,” the spokesperson said, adding that those affected were being relocated to nearby areas and would experience better living conditions. Nearly everyone affected by the project has been compensated, he said. EACOP has already drawn criticism from clean energy advocates and other rights groups who say the project has caused mass displacement and will ruin multiple ecologically sensitive areas along its path in both countries.

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  • Videlis Eddie

    46 w

    This is wrong and should not be happening...

    • Kevin

      46 w

      What a joke by Ugandan authorities

      • Joseph Githinji

        46 w

        Ugandan authorities must stop this oil investments by all means. This is a great danger to Uganda and to the globe on matters climate change effects.

        • Edwin wangombe

          47 w

          Stop oil ... The Ugandan government should put more efforts in transforming the country to a green nation that adapts renewable energy

          • Munene Mugambi

            47 w

            It is time the Ugandan government heeded these calls to stop EACOP

            • Daniel Waweru

              47 w

              This is so unfair, the government needs to keep its word. This should not be happening

              • Princess

                47 w

                Ugandan president once said they can only export crude after the local needs are satisfied, and this is happening?? Ugandan Government ought to do something to help its people.

                • Elizabeth Gathigia

                  47 w

                  @princess_nel_268 The same president send "his oil should not be touched "

                  • Jane Wangui

                    46 w

                    @princess_nel_268 Uganda should step up

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