NGOs believe that this is a “climatecide”. Four environmental defense associations have filed a complaint against TotalEnergies and its Eacop oil project in Tanzania and Uganda, we learned this Monday from their lawyers, confirming information from the World.
Darwin Climax Coalitions, Sea Shepherd France, Wild Legal and Stop Eacop-Stop Total in Uganda filed the complaint on September 22. “While the UN is concerned about the ongoing “climate collapse”, TotalEnergies must no longer continue to knowingly, freely and with impunity fuel climate change,” declared lawyers William Bourdon and Vincent Brengarth. “It is time for the company to be held accountable for its activities,” they added in a statement.
“Compliant” operations according to the company
According to them, this complaint is “unprecedented” because it brings the company TotalEnergies “before the criminal courts for acts resembling climaticide and which, until now, only had their place before civil courts”. The complaint targets several offenses: failure to combat a disaster, involuntary attacks on personal integrity, destruction, damage or deterioration of property belonging to others likely to create a danger for people and involuntary homicide.
TotalEnergies “is not aware of this complaint and does not know what it targets,” the company reacted. “The Company conducts its operations in compliance with its operating standards and with laws and regulations. She will respond to requests from the authorities if necessary,” she added.
Oil pipeline nearly 1,500 kilometers long
TotalEnergies announced last year an investment agreement of 10 billion dollars with Uganda, Tanzania and the Chinese company Cnooc, including in particular the construction of a heated oil pipeline (Eacop) of 1,443 kilometers connecting the deposits of the lake Albert, in western Uganda, on the Tanzanian coast on the Indian Ocean.
The group plans to drill nearly 400 oil wells in the Murchison Falls Natural Park – the White Nile Falls, among the most powerful in the world – a remarkable biodiversity reserve and Uganda’s largest national park. For the lawyers of the associations, this project “would be the cause of significant population displacements” and “would contribute to a major impoverishment of local populations”. It will also have a major impact on “many natural areas”, they emphasize.