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26 Sep 2022

Julius Barigaba, The EastAfrican (Kenya)

TotalEnergies to answer European Parliament committee on EACOP-related environmental & human rights concerns

"TotalEnergies walks a tightrope as fresh hurdles threaten to delay pipeline project"

International oil major TotalEnergies will on October 10 answer to charges of environmental and human rights abuse before the European Union parliament in Brussels in a new threat to the actualisation of its East African Crude Oil Pipeline (Eacop) and related upstream oil projects in Uganda’s Lake Albert region. The European Parliament has summoned chief executive Patrick Pouyanné to Brussels to justify the project that the lawmakers denounced last week. He will appear before the parliamentary Committee on Environment, Food and Natural Resources, as well as that of Human Rights. The outcome will determine how the company navigates this latest crisis.

Last week, the European Union parliament passed a resolution calling for the French oil major and its joint venture partners to delay the projects by one year, to address environmental and human rights concerns. That decision was dismissed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who said the country will look for alternatives if Total obeys the European Parliament.