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Controversial Kenyan Coal Plant’s Future In Jeopardy As Major Chinese Bank Pulls Funding

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The future of one of Africa’s biggest fossil energy projects looks bleak following reports that the main financial backer for the 1050 megawatt Lamu coal power plant in Kenya is pulling out of the project. 

Campaigners Take Tanzanian and Ugandan Governments to Court to Stop Total’s Oil Pipeline

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President Yoweri Museveni

An oil pipeline planned in East Africa backed by French fossil fuel giant Total is facing a new lawsuit seeking to stop its construction.

Campaigners in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania are pleading with the East African Court of Justice to nullify an agreement for construction of the 1,443 kilometres East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).  

Campaigners Tell Kenyan Government 'Don't Backslide on Plastics' in US Trade Deal

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Campaigners are calling on the Kenyan government to protect the country from an influx of plastic pollution as a consequence of a new free trade agreement with the US.

An online petition, organised by Greenpeace, calls on officials to reject terms in any new agreement that would make it easier for the US to export its plastic to Kenya.  The “Do Not Backslide on Plastics” campaign already has over 21,000 signatures.

Nearly One Million People Sign Petition to Stop Total's East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline 'Madness'

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Total sign

Almost a million people have signed a petition to stop a planned crude oil pipeline in East Africa that campaigners say poses serious risks to communities and wildlife along its route.

The East African Crude Oil Pipeline, developed by a consortium led by French company Total, will run for 1,443 kilometres from western Uganda to the Indian Ocean port of Tanga in neighbouring Tanzania. The multimillion dollar pipeline is supported by the two governments and is being developed by China National Offshore Oil Corporation and the London Stock Exchange-listed Tullow Oil, alongside Total.

Residents Sue Kenyan Government Over Alleged Oil Company Toxic Waste Dumping

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Marsabit residents collect drinking water

Before becoming a local politician, Assunta Gelgetile was a nurse in Marsabit, northern Kenya. During that time, she saw many patients, mainly women and children, having difficulty swallowing solids. She would refer the cases to Marsabit County hospital dozens of miles away, where further tests revealed the patients had throat cancer.

I reasoned that this must be related to the food or water people were consuming,” she told DeSmog. After detecting a trend, she asked the authorities to help “investigate what exactly was the cause of the cancer that was causing so many deaths,” she said.

Tullow Oil Leaves Destitution and Environmental Concerns Amid Broken Promises in Kenya

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Tullow Oil worker

Since he left his job with a local engineering company contracted by Tullow Oil to install drilling rigs, Erastus Ekeno has been running a pub, selling food and drinks to residents and visitors to this sun-baked township on the dilapidated highway to South Sudan. The profits were much more than the salary he used to earn as a welder in his former job, with sales of up to £280 a day – a tidy sum by local standards.

In mid-2019, Tullow started trucking oil to the port of Mombasa, nearly a thousand kilometres away. Prospects for the business looked good.

Revealed: Tullow Oil's Community Projects Having 'Very Little Impact' in Kenya's Drought-Ravaged Turkana Region

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British company Tullow Oil is under fire for wasteful spending related to community projects intended to balance the damage done by the company’s oil extraction in the Turkana region of Kenya.

Local campaigners say the projects are worth less than half the amount Tullow claims it has spent on its corporate and social responsibility projects, with residents blaming poor engagement and corruption for the projects’ limited impact.