Oil exploration in Murchison Falls will go on, Nema insists

Paradise in danger? Tourists at the Ramsar site inside Murchison National Park, where an oil well and the pipeline are to be established. PHOTO BY TOBBIAS JOLLY OWINY

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In April, Nema issued an approval certificate for the Tilenga oil project to Total E&P Uganda and Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Limited (TUOP) for the development of six oil fields with 34 well pads, an industrial area, pipelines and other supporting infrastructure.

The certificate of approval recently issued for Tilenga Project environmental and social impact assessment by government is a final document and cannot be revoked, the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) has said.
Mr Tom Okurut, the Nema executive director, confirmed the development during a telephone interview with Saturday Monitor on Thursday while reacting to demands by civil society organisations (CSOs)for government to revoke the certificate and cause fresh public hearings.
Tilenga oil project within Murchison Falls National Park is estimated to last between 25-30 years.

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