Parliament has been called upon to pass environment-friendly legislations to protect Uganda from common mishaps in the oil and gas exploration sector.
Experts from the civil society coalition on oil and gas warned that the non renewable resource of fossil fuels had left a trail of pollution, environmental degradation and petroleum revenue mismanagement in its wake wherever it has been explored.
The experts were conducting a training of parliamentarians on legislation for sustainable exploitation of Uganda’s petroleum resources at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
The CSOs urged parliament to pass better laws to protect the environment if Uganda is to survive the dreaded oil curse.
Julius Senyonjo, the Executive director of Practising Environmental Managers Organisation (PEMO) said an investigation into the environmental burden of the existing oil wells revealed that the Project Affected Person’s have been handed a raw deal with the resettlement homes built by government.
The Minister for General Duties Mary Karoro Okurut emphasised government’s commitment towards a more sustainable exploration of oil and gas.
The Albertine graben that harbours most of Uganda’s oil reserves.