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Congo seeks to open way to oil drilling in national parks

Thu, 03/07/2013 - 4:25am
Reuters

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The government of Democratic Republic of Congo has drafted a bill that could allow oil companies to drill inside its national parks, putting Kinshasa on a possible collision course with donors and conservationists.

The impoverished central African state is believed to have rich energy deposits, some of which may lie beneath Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to some of the world's last mountain gorillas.

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