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Parliamentary questions
4 October 2013
Question for written answer E-011394-13
to the Commission
Rule 117
Filip Kaczmarek (PPE)

 Subject:  The Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo
 Answer in writing 

The Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the largest national park in Africa. It is also on Unesco’s list of natural world heritage sites. The park is home to hundreds of species of animals, including critically endangered mountain gorillas.

An energy company is planning to begin prospecting for oil. Drilling for oil always poses a major threat to the lives of people and animals, not only from oil spills but also as a result of the scope for serious damage caused by making changes in the park to suit the needs of the oil company — for example by building roads and pipelines. Lake Edward, a vital source of water for the local population, will also be at risk from pollution.

In the face of this grave danger, NGOs are calling for the oil company’s plans to be withdrawn.

Is the Commission aware of this threat to the Virunga National Park?

Original language of question: PLOJ C 216, 09/07/2014
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