- Six NGOs sue Total over Uganda oil project, accuse it of failing to avert "disastrous impacts" for local residents and biodiversity.
- Total plans to drill 419 wells near Lake Albert in western Uganda for the Tilenga project, which could produce some 200,000 barrels of crude a day.
- In total, four French NGOs and two based in Uganda filed the suit.
Six NGOs said Wednesday that they had filed a lawsuit against the French energy giant Total over an oil field project in Uganda, accusing it of failing to avert "disastrous impacts" for local residents and biodiversity.
The groups hope the court in Nanterre, outside Paris, will force Total to conform with a 2017 law requiring it to elaborate a "vigilance plan" to prevent "serious infringements" of health and human rights as well as environmental damage.
The French law was passed in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh in 2013, when more than a thousand people were killed in the collapse of poorly maintained building housing garment companies working for Western brands.
Total plans to drill 419 wells near Lake Albert in western Uganda for the Tilenga project, which could produce some 200,000 barrels of crude a day.
Many of the wells will be in the Murchison Falls national park, and already many communities have been displaced from their lands
"The disastrous impacts of this project are already being felt by thousands of people whose lands and homes have been confiscated," said Thomas Bart of the French NGO Survie ("Survival").