21.07 - 2011. Category: Archive 2011 Irish oil firm now to conduct surveys in occupied territorySan Leon’s seismic surveys will be conducted in the northern parts of occupied Western Sahara from July 2011, in violation of international law. Placements from investor George Soros might have been crucial.
03.12 - 2010. Category: Archive 2010 Illegal seismic programme delayedThe Irish/British companies illegally exploring for oil in occupied Western Sahara had planned seismic studies for Fourth Quarter this year. They have still not started, but the plans to carry out the programme remains.
07.04 - 2010. Category: Archive 2010 San Leon carries ahead UN has said that looking for oil in Western Sahara is illegal. But the Irish firm San Leon Energy moves steadily forwards. Drilling underway next year.
19.10 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Irish plunderers to mergeThe two Irish oil companies that are looking for oil in occupied Western Sahara are about to merge. The firms are undermining international law.
22.09 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Norwatch: PGS Stumbles into Western SaharaThe Norwegian seismic services company PGS has entered in on the ownership side of the Irish oil company San Leon Energy. The funds placed by PGS will help enable increased oil exploration in occupied Western Sahara.
24.07 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Sahrawi in Western Sahara: "Irish companies: leave our land!"The news that Irish oil firms Island Oil & Gas, Longreach and San Leon have obtained a full exploration licence for an area near occupied Smara, has triggered a response from the native inhabitants of the territory. And it's not a welcoming one.
08.07 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Polisario protests Morocco's oil provocationsWhile under peace talks, Morocco is speeding up its plans for illegal oil search in occupied Western Sahara. The provocation has led Polisario to protest Morocco's actions to the UN Security Council. Read letter dated 6 July 2009 here.
20.04 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Polisario protests plunderingOn 8th April 2008, Polisario sent a letter to the Security Council protesting the plundering of Western Sahara. The letter has now been published as an official document of both the General Assembly (A/63/871) and the Security Council (S/2009/198).
25.02 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Irish oil company wants to speed up oil huntThe Irish oil company Island Oil and Gas - and their partners in San Leon - today announced their intention to upgrade their licence in occupied Western Sahara from a frontier licence to an exploration licence.
02.02 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 War profiteersIrishmen Bryan Benitz and and Paul Griffiths are leading a company that is planning to profit from an occupation.
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.