Update: Canadian Corp Drilling for Oil in Africa
ReconAfrica is a Canadian company currently drilling for oil and gas in an area of over 35,000 square kilometres in Namibia. The drill site is near the Okavango Delta – a vast river delta watershed and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of Africa’s last great natural sanctuaries. It’s home to much wildlife, including hippos, elephants, crocodiles, lions, leopards, giraffes, and rhinos.
We are greatly concerned about the ecological, environmental, and human rights issues being infringed upon. We know the Namibian drill site overlaps an elephant migration corridor between two national parks. On top of this, ReconAfrica will carry out a seismic survey at a second site in Botswana, on the other side of the migration route.
Biologists say the seismic survey’s sound waves might negatively affect elephants, which communicate via low-frequency seismic waves “heard” through their sensitive feet.
ReconAfrica’s headquarters were in Vancouver, BC, Canada, but have since moved to Alberta, Canada. Elephanatics is supporting international efforts to curtail the drilling by bringing awareness to the issue. You can read more about the drilling from The Guardian here.
Please read the Elephanatics letter to the Canadian government about ReconAfrica here.