An Open Letter to the Congolese Government: Stop Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park

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Feature story - May 8, 2012
A British oil company, SOCO, and others including Total, are looking to explore for oil reserves in the Virunga National Park.

Despite an outcry from the international community and bodies like UNESCO, IUCN, the EU, and many others including Greenpeace, the DRC government and SOCO are continuing to develop oil exploration plans.

An international collection of NGOs recently wrote this open letter to the Congolese government to encourage them to "consider the concerns and reasons expressed...by local communities living in and around the Virunga National Park who are faced with the prospect of oil exploration and exploitation."

Continuing, the letter says, "We remain committed, as members of the international community, to follow and support the actions of the Congolese government and Congolese civil society for the protection of the environment, political and social stability, sustainable development and the safeguarding of world heritage."

Read the full letter below: