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Total’s crude oil pipeline comes under heavy fire

Hundreds of organizations have united in opposition to the planned EACOP pipeline, which the alliance believes could devastate local communities in Africa.

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263 organizations – 122 of which are based in Africa – from 49 different countries have banded together to write an open letter, calling on relevant banks to drop the funding for the planned East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) with an estimated value between USD 3.5-4bn, reports sector media Upstream Online as the first to cover the story.

The French supermajor Total is the driving force of the project. According to the organizations, the pipeline poses a threat to local communities as well as the water supply and biodiversity. Furthermore, the alliance – known as StopEACOP– estimates that the oil pipeline will generate 34 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

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