13.07 - 2015. Category: Archive 2015 Western Sahara is part of Morocco, San Leon states before drillingIrish/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.
15.04 - 2015. Category: Archive 2015 243 organisations ask UN to condemn Morocco's colonial oil plans"No oil drilling should take place in the territory until the Saharawis have had the chance to exercise their right to self-determination and have freely and fairly decided the political status of their homeland", the appeal to the Security Council writes. Read the full letter, and list of signatures, here.
29.03 - 2015. Category: Archive 2015 New Age is the operator of the Foum Ognit blockThe WSRW report A Platform for Conflict published in October 2014 left it unclear which company - of New Age and Glencore - was the operator of the Foum Ognit block. The answer is New Age.
27.03 - 2015. Category: Archive 2015 Cairn Energy places occupied Western Sahara in MoroccoCairn Energy launched today its annual report showing total failure to understand the background of the occupied territory in which it holds interest. Former UN Legal Counsel has already slammed the operation they carry out to be in violation of international law.
14.03 - 2015. Category: Archive 2015 Kosmos Energy, did you see these beatings? Any further oil exploration in Western Sahara is illegal unless the Saharawis want it themselves, according to the UN. The companies involved do not care.
02.03 - 2015. Category: Archive 2015 Kosmos Energy ignores pleas from the owners of Western Sahara oilNo oil exploration can take place in Western Sahara unless people consent to it. Today Kosmos announced will to continue searching in Western Sahara despite condemnations from the people of the territory See Saharawis mobilise.
02.03 - 2015. Category: Archive 2015 Kosmos continues despite non-commercial find in Western SaharaKosmos Energy today announced that it had “encountered hydrocarbons” offshore occupied Western Sahara, though not in commercial quantities. Nevertheless, the find appears to be sufficient to proceed with a second drilling later on. WSRW condemns the drilling.
13.01 - 2015. Category: Archive 2015 Former UN Legal Counsel slams Kosmos drilling in Western Sahara “I have seen that they [Kosmos executives] think their actions are in conformity with my legal opinion, and my determined opinion is that they are not”, says Ambassador Hans Corell, author of the UN Legal Opinion on oil exploration and exploitation in Western Sahara.
12.01 - 2015. Category: Archive 2015 Kosmos has begun to drill in occupied Western SaharaOn 19 December 2014 , the American oil company Kosmos Energy began to drill for oil in occupied Western Sahara, through an illegal deal with the occupying regime, Morocco. "The company is adding fuel to the fire", stated WSRW.
17.12 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 Havoc inks oil deal with Saharawi government for Kosmos drill siteAustralian investment fund Havoc Partners has signed a 50% operating stake in four oil blocks in occupied Western Sahara with the territory's government in exile. One of those blocks contains the Gargaa site, where American oil firm Kosmos Energy will soon start to drill in collaboration with the Moroccan government.
17.12 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 The Kosmos Energy platform has left Las PalmasThe drillship Atwood Achiever - which is to undertake drilling in waters of occupied Western Sahara - is no longer in Las Palmas and has vanished into thin air.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.
Big oil’s interest in occupied Western Sahara has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. Some companies are now drilling, in complete disregard of international law and the Saharawi people’s rights. Here’s what you need to know.