San Leon hits gas in occupied Western Sahara san_leon_protest_camps_8_august_2015_610x200.jpg
01.10 - 2015 09:25
Irish oil company San Leon Energy's exploratory drilling operation in occupied Western Sahara revealed the presence of gas, but thus far not of petroleum. The company will apply for a new licence with the Moroccan government and announces further seismic surveys to explore the potential petroleum reservoirs.
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New series of academic articles on Western Sahara resources12.09 - 2015
The journal Global Change, Peace & Security last week published a series of articles on natural resources in Western Sahara. Read more
Here is San Leon's drilling equipment in the occupied territory09.09 - 2015

WSRW has received footage of the drilling operation to take place in the territory under Moroccan occupation

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San Leon's drilling began31.08 - 2015
Amid Saharawi protests, San Leon Energy has begun to drill an onshore well in occupied Western Sahara on 21 August.Read more
Saharawis in occupied Western Sahara: "Shame on you San Leon"12.08 - 2015
Saharawis in the occupied parts of Western Sahara continue to speak out against Irish/UK company San Leon Energy's plans to drill for oil in their homeland. "Stop supporting brutal occupation of Western Sahara", they say.Read more

Saharawis on San Leon Energy's oil block protest27.07 - 2015

These videos of Saharawis denouncing the Irish/UK oil company's plans on the land they inhabit were shot last week. The persons live in occupied Western Sahara, exactly on the block where San Leon's drilling will take place in August, in violation of international law.
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Do not invest in Xplorer PLC23.07 - 2015
The small UK company Xplorer PLC is looking for more capital to buy into the highly controversial Boujdour Offshore Shallow permit in occupied Western Sahara.Read more
San Leon admits working for the interest of Morocco23.07 - 2015
San Leon Energy "has the long-term interest of Morocco in mind", company chairman Oisin Fanning stated to Irish media today. The company plans drilling in the territory under illegal Moroccan occupation.Read more

Western Sahara president asks UN to intervene against San Leon Energy20.07 - 2015
“We urgently request that the Secretary-General condemn these activities, which are in clear violation of international law", the President of the Western Sahara Republic wrote in a letter to Ban Ki-Moon.Read more
Saharawi refugees protest San Leon Energy's plunder plans20.07 - 2015
Irish company is to drill for occupying power Morocco. Saharawi refugees who were forcibly displaced following the occupation, protest their plans. Read more

San Leon Energy to drill in occupied territory sanleon_elaaiun_2015.jpg
13.07 - 2015
The UK/Irish company San Leon is planning to drill in Western Sahara in a few weeks from now, even though UN says further exploration is illegal. WSRW condemns the plans.
Read also: Western Sahara is part of Morocco, San Leon states before drilling
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Western Sahara is part of Morocco, San Leon states before drilling13.07 - 2015
Irish/UK oil company San Leon Energy stated to Irish media today that next month's drilling is located in "Moroccan Southern Provices". Only one government in the world labels the occupied territory in similar way: Morocco. Irish lawyers warn of legal steps.Read more
Morocco seeks partner for another onshore controversy: Lemsid30.06 - 2015
Several seismic survey companies have deeply regretted their involvement in the occupied Western Sahara over the last decade. Now, Morocco is trying to partner with yet another one - this time onshore. WSRW warns industry to not fall into the trap.Read more

Moroccan government accused of fraud with EU anti-driftnet money26.06 - 2015
Morocco received 4 million € from the European Union to put a stop to the harmful use of driftnets. Morocco's Trade Union of Traditional and Coastal Fishermen claims that the entire sum was given to two individuals lacking any legal status to receive the money, and has taken the matter to court.
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MAN Diesel & Turbo to aid Morocco in electrofication of occupied land25.06 - 2015
German powerhouse MAN Diesel & Turbo has been contracted by the Moroccan government to extend the diesel generators in El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara.Read more

MW Brands seals deal to sell sardines from occupied Western Saharajohn_west_sardines_610.jpg
18.06 - 2015
Canned fish brands such as John West and Parmentier will soon sell fish from occupied Western Sahara. The owner of the brands, MW Brands, has begun a partnership with Oceamic Laayoune, a sardine cannery in the occupied territory.
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European Court of Justice to assess EU-Morocco agri-deal next week10.06 - 2015
The European Court of Justice will assess the EU-Morocco agricultural agreement over Western Sahara, next Tuesday 16 June 2015, at 9:30 am.Read more
PotashCorp expecting fourth unethical phosphate cargo in June09.06 - 2015
Late last week, a bulk vessel left the harbour of El Aaiun to set sail for the United States. In its holds? An estimated 50,000 tonnes of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara.Read more

Russian plunder vessel pollutes Canary-Western Sahara strait28.04 - 2015
A Russian vessel that has been fishing illegally in occupied Western Sahara, sank a forthnight ago. The vessel is still leaking fuel oil in the area between the Canary Islands and Western Sahara.Read more
Swedish fishermen guilty of illegal fisheries23.04 - 2015
An eight year long legal process in Sweden has come to an end. The two Swedish fishermen which were fishing offshore occupied Western Sahara without proper licences are found guilty. Read more

News archive:
29.03 - 2015NZ fertiliser importers defend their imports
29.03 - 2015New Age is the operator of the Foum Ognit block
29.03 - 2015African Union warns companies plundering Western Sahara
27.03 - 2015Cairn Energy places occupied Western Sahara in Morocco
18.03 - 2015Saharawi refugees tell Glencore to leave their homeland
10.03 - 2015New WSRW report reveals importers of Western Sahara phosphate in 2014
14.03 - 2015Kosmos Energy, did you see these beatings?
04.03 - 2015OCP refuses to respond to Saharawi refugee
28.02 - 2015Kosmos Energy ignores pleas from the owners of Western Sahara oil
02.03 - 2015Kosmos continues despite non-commercial find in Western Sahara
26.02 - 2015Kosmos Energy launches propaganda website
24.02 - 2015Corell: EU must revise fisheries agreement, oil drilling irresponsible


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