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Join us in taking legal action against Total!

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    In 2006, large oil reserves were discovered in the heart of Murchison Falls, a protected natural park in Uganda. Total has acquired the shares of the British oil company Tullow to develop a project of colossal magnitude, together with the Chinese company CNOOC.

    Total will drill more than 400 wells, enabling the extraction of around 200 000 barrels of oil per day. Worse still, a 1445 km long giant heated pipeline will be built to transport the oil, impacting regions in Uganda as well as in Tanzania.

    In all, 10 billion dollars have been invested into this disproportionate oil project.

    However, civil society mobilisation can make the difference: in the very same Great Lakes region, Total has given up oil drilling in the Virunga natural park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is unacceptable that the same transnational corporation launches a similar project at the same time in Uganda, just on the other side of the border.

    Even before the site becomes operational, the impact on local populations is already far-reaching. Already, 118,000 people have been totally or partially evicted in Uganda and Tanzania.

    What does this oil megaproject really consist of?

    1. The "Tilenga" project, operated by Total:
    - Development of 6 oil fields: more than 400 wells will be drilled on 34 well pads (one third within the Murchison Falls natural park), allowing for production of 200 000 barrels per day; the first drillings have started in July 2023;
    - Construction of an industrial area including a central processing plant (“CPF" / oil plant) on the outskirts of the park in Buliisa district.

    2. A refinery and an airport built by the Ugandan government.

    3. A mega-pipeline (East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline or “EACOP”), built together by French oil major Total, Chinese company CNOOC and the Tanzanian and Ugandan governments, spanning 1445 km from the refinery to the port of Tanga in Tanzania.

    4. Other related infrastructures built by Total, its partners and the government, primarily:
    - A water abstraction system to use Lake Albert's water to meet the needs of the oil wells;
    - A combined network of 180 km of pipelines, even passing under the Nile, to transport either oil and gas, or water;
    - Oil waste management, storage and treatment facilities;
    - New roads to facilitate the growth of the oil industry.



    Millions of people are at risk because of the construction and development of these oil projects and their related infrastructures. Already, 118,000 people have been totally or partially evicted in Uganda and Tanzania.

    In Uganda and Tanzia, according to collected testimonies:
    - Many families have been intimidated to force them to abandon their lands, thereby completely disrupting their way of life.

    - Communities have already lost the right to freely cultivate their lands before receiving any compensation, leaving entire families with no livelihoods. They could no longer afford to buy their own food, nor benefit from their harvest, for a period of up to 4 years.

    - Those who have received compensation are fiercely contesting the amount, saying that it is not enough to buy new land and crops of equivalent value.

    - Children had to drop out of school as parents could no longer afford to pay the fees.

    Local communities depend primarily on agriculture and fishing for their livelihood, sectors which are directly threatened by this megaproject. If no action is taken, tens of thousands of lives will be destroyed with complete impunity.

    Listen to their testimonies:


    Follow the progress of the work via satellite images on our interactive investigative map, developed by Mémoire Vive and Friends of the Earth France:

    Tilenga is being developed in the heart of a natural protected area which harbours outstanding ecosystems.

    It is a sanctuary for fragile biodiversity and home to more than 500 animal species, some of which are endangered: lions, elephants, hippopotamuses, giraffes, warthogs, as well as numerous species of bird.

    Furthermore, Lake Albert, one of the Nile's sources, falls in the very zone where Total plans to drill for oil. The contamination of the river Nile (which is one of the two longest rivers in the world) could have drastic consequences for its fauna and for the local communities who depend on fishing for their livelihood.

    As for the EACOP pipeline, it will cross numerous fragile ecosystems, as well as the Lake Victoria basin, Africa's largest freshwater reserve, on which 40 million people depend. And at the end of the pipeline, an oil port and oil infrastructure have begun to