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Oil Giants Embroil Themselves in Tibetan Oil Exploitation with Sinopec Investment

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 00/09/29; September 29, 2000.]

September 28, 2000

Free Tibet Campaign - London

Protest at BP Headquarters; presentation of letter by campaign groups and statement of opposition by Tibetan Government in Exile, Friday 29 September 11am.

There will be an all-day protest at BP Headquarters, Britannic House, Finsbury Circus, London EC1 from 11am to 8.30pm tomorrow, Friday 29 September.

Free Tibet Campaign, on behalf of a transatlantic coalition of campaign organisations, will hand in a letter to Sir John Browne. The letter will express opposition to BP's proposed investment of $400 million in Sinopec at next month's IPO. Sinopec holds the rights to the world's highest altitude oil field, at Lunpola, only 300km from Lhasa. The letter will demand assurances that BP will not permit its investment to be used to develop this oil field, and that BP will not enter any joint ventures on the Tibetan plateau. Letters will be delivered to Shell in Amsterdam and Exxon in New York requesting the same assurances. Both companies have made commitments to the Sinopec IPO. The letters have been signed by Free Tibet Campaign, the International Campaign for Tibet, the Milarepa Fund and the US Tibet Committee.

A representative of the Tibetan Government in Exile will tomorrow present a statement of opposition to oil and gas exploitation in Tibet. This statement declares oil projects "harmful to Tibetans" and calls for an immediate halt to the construction of the Sebei-Lanzhou pipeline, and development of the Tsaidam Basin gas fields in Amdo (Qinghai). BP is already under fire for its involvement in PetroChina. The company is the largest foreign investor in PetroChina. Multinationals Enron and Agip are also involved in the Amdo projects.


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