Protest against oil production in the Amazon Sacred Headwaters, Ecuador. Credit: Alejandra Yépez Jácome, Amazon Watch

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Yamal LNG and Arctic LNG 2: Gas in the Russian Arctic 

Fossil gas companies are invading one of the most sensitive ecosystems on the planet: the Arctic wilderness. For thousands of years, the indigenous Nenets people have been living in harmony with nature on the Yamal peninsula. The Yamal LNG megaproject is threatening the very foundations of the Nenets’ way of life. Despite the harm the gas companies have already done, their next LNG project is underway on the opposite side of the peninsula on the Gyda peninsula: Arctic LNG 2.

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Philippines: LNG Boom in the Amazon of the Oceans

Fossil companies are on track to turn Batangas in the Philippines into an LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) import hub for Southeast Asia. Together with the Philippine government, they are preparing a massive rollout of LNG terminals and power plants. To realize their plans, the companies are willing to sacrifice the Philippines’ precious ocean life and the people who depend on it. Their LNG plans are a slap in the face for Filipinos whose land is already being swallowed by the rising seas.

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Woodfibre LNG

Pacific Energy Corporation and Enbridge want to launch a dirty and dubious LNG project on Canada’s Pacific coast: Woodfibre LNG. If it goes ahead, Woodfibre LNG will run on fracked gas and threaten a coastal fjord. Behind Pacific Energy is Indonesian business tycoon Sukanto Tanoto. His companies have already destroyed the environment and evaded taxes numerous times in their many other projects in Asia.

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Narrabri Coal Bed Methane Project

During times of drought and wildfires, the Australian company Santos is pushing a project that is putting eastern Australia’s vital water resources at risk. Its Narrabri project is a threat to the water and all those who depend on it: the indigenous Gomeroi people, local farmers, residents, and the Pilliga forest.

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Cabo Delgado, Mozambique: A Resource-Rich War Zone

Different forces are tearing the Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado and its people apart. In a country that was already rife with conflict, ExxonMobil, TotalEnergies, Eni and their partners have come in to build one of the biggest gas projects on the African continent.

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EastMed-Poseidon Pipeline

One of Europe’s largest pipeline projects is a geopolitical and environmental troublemaker. The proposed EastMed-Poseidon pipeline would cross a geopolitical minefield and bust European climate targets. It could trigger military conflicts and threaten the underwater life of the Mediterranean Sea. Local people, and especially Palestinian and North Cypriot communities, would lose out on the benefits that fossil companies and governments would reap.

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Oil and Gas Drilling in the Okavango Region

In an area reaching from the northeast of Namibia to the northwest of Botswana, the Canadian company ReconAfrica is opening up a new oil and gas frontier. Civil society organizations from both countries have called for an immediate halt of oil and gas exploration as ReconAfrica’s planned megaproject would cause immense harm to local communities and the region’s rich wildlife.

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Greater Tortue Ahmeyim Project

Off the coast of Mauritania and Senegal, BP plans to extract and liquefy fossil gas in Africa’s deepest offshore project. BP’s project threatens to lock both countries into a fossil development path and puts the world’s largest cold-water reef and migratory bird populations at risk.
 

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Scarborough Gas Field and Burrup Hub

If not stopped, a gas project with a 50-year life span will destroy 40,000-year-old Aboriginal rock art. The project also threatens dolphins, whales and colorful coral reefs. In Australia’s remote North-West on the Burrup Peninsula, the Australian company Woodside wants to start up the country’s most emission-heavy new fossil fuel project: Burrup Hub.

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Southern Gas Corridor

From its origin to its end, the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) leaves a trail of corruption, destruction, and harm. The SGC flushes big profits into the coffers of despotic dictators and gas companies that are blind to human rights abuses. It runs against the goals of the Paris Agreement. All of this comes at the cost of destroyed lands and livelihoods of those who live along the pipeline route.

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Fracking in the Permian Basin

Barely an acre of land in the Permian Basin has been left untouched by oil and gas companies. The Permian Basin is a region the size of Great Britain. Bobbing pump jacks, processing plants, oil and wastewater storage tanks, compressor stations, artificial waste pits, frack sand mines and dirt roads are everywhere.

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Guyana Offshore

ExxonMobil’s deepwater drilling off the coast of Guyana is threatening the South American country. Guyana is one of the world's countries most endangered by rising sea levels. 80 percent of the 791,000 inhabitants live on a dip of land 1.8 m (5.1 ft) below sea level. In times of global warming and rising sea levels, a range of oil companies including ExxonMobil, CNOOC and Hess, is developing oil projects in Guyana.

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Line 3 Pipeline

The Line 3 tar sands expansion pipeline in Minnesota is a catastrophe for the environment. At CAD 7.5 billion, the Line 3 expansion is the largest capital project in Enbridge's history. Indigenous groups and local activists have been fighting the pipeline for 8 years. They condemn the pipeline’s dangerous route through Minnesota’s sensitive rivers, lakes and tribal lands.

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OMV Spying on Climate Activists

OMV is paying private investigation firms to spy on climate activists and major environmental NGOs in New Zealand and Austria. Every day, the oil giant receives information about their protest plans against the oil industry.

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Amazon Oil and Gas Drilling: A Toxic Legacy

There is no climate stability without the Amazon Rainforest. In the age of bushfires and species extinction, companies are extracting oil in the Amazon Sacred Headwaters region in Peru and Ecuador. With their projects, the oil companies are pushing the rainforest and its people to the brink.


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​​​​​​Nord Stream 2

Nord Stream 2 is the perfect example of what happens when geopolitical gambles for cheap fossil fuels go wrong. After it was completed in 2021, Nord Stream 2 never went into operation. Seven months into Russia’s war on Ukraine, the pipeline is dead. A geopolitical ruin now physically damaged, it is unlikely to ever pump Russian gas to Europe.

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Oil Production in Xinjiang, China

Sinopec, CNPC, PetroChina (subsidiary of CNPC), CNOOC and Brightoil are entangled in the repression of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang, China.

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Goldboro LNG

Pieridae Energy Ltd. is intimidating activists who have exposed the company’s difficulties to get financing for its LNG project.

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Alberta Tar Sands

Alberta's tar sands oil extraction is one of the dirtiest projects on Earth. The extraction area is larger than England. If all of Alberta's tar sands oil were burned, global temperatures would rise by 0.4 °C. This alone would take our world beyond the critical 1.5 °C limit.

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Oil and Gas Companies are Financing the Killing of Myanmar’s People 

After ten years of democratic reforms, Chevron, CNPC, PTTEP, Posco and other oil and gas companies are once again financing Myanmar’s military junta. According to U tun Win, former Member of Parliament, and national and international NGOs, the generals in power are using this gas money to buy weapons to kill the people of Myanmar.

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Coastal GasLink Pipeline

TC Energy’s fossil dreams are violating indigenous people’s human rights and destroying their land. The Canadian pipeline giant is building the 670 km (420 mi) Coastal GasLink Pipeline through the traditional lands of the Wet‘suwet‘en people in Western Canada. TC Energy never got permission from the Wet‘suwet‘en to take their land and put a pipeline on it.
 

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Scarborough Gas Field and Burrup Hub

If not stopped, a gas project with a 50-year life span will destroy 40,000-year-old Aboriginal rock art. The project also threatens dolphins, whales and colorful coral reefs. In Australia’s remote North-West on the Burrup Peninsula, the Australian company Woodside wants to start up the country’s most emission-heavy new fossil fuel project: Burrup Hub.

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Vaca Muerta

Oil and gas companies are wrecking the region of Northern Patagonia in Argentina for the gigantic Vaca Muerta fracking project. More than 25 companies are turning the region into a sacrifice zone the size of Belgium. With more than 1,700 drilling sites, the companies are destroying the environment, poisoning the people and fueling the climate crisis.


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Tilenga/Kingfisher Oil Fields and East African Crude Oil Pipeline

TotalEnergies and CNOOC are sensing big money in Uganda. The companies want to produce oil in the country, and pump it all the way through savannahs, swamps and tropical forests to the Tanzanian coast. To make space for the wells and the pipeline, TotalEnergies and CNOOC are forcing more than 100,000 people off their lands. At the same time, the oil giants are destroying the homes of elephants, lions, leopards, and giraffes.

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Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

With the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX), the Canadian government brought a dying fossil fuel project back to life. The TMX project was so unpopular among Canadians that Texas-based fossil fuel company Kinder Morgan abandoned it. The Canadian government could have dropped the project too. Instead, it decided to step in. The government-owned Canada Development Investment Corporation (CDEV) bought the project in 2018. With taxpayers’ money, it prevented TMX from dying on the shelves.

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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Keeping oil and gas companies away from the most sensitive areas of Alaska is a constant battle. For now, big oil and gas companies are leaving the plains and waters of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska alone. However, the State of Alaska is determined to turn large parts of the Arctic landscape into an oil and gas extraction site. The current peace is fragile for the animals and people living in the Refuge.

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