Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Oil Exploration Halts in World Heritage Site

Baby Gorilla by Vera Kratochvil
Conservationists have claimed one of their greatest successes in recent years following the unexpected decision by British oil company Soco to stop exploring in the Virunga world heritage site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The company, which operates in Angola and Vietnam, caused international outrage when it was given permission to conduct seismic testing in Africa's oldest and most diverse national park, which is home to around half the world's 950 mountain gorillas, as well as hippos, elephants and chimpanzees…

…Soco follows French oil company Total, which pledged not to explore in the park last year.

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