The Ugandan government approved a construction application for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline on Monday. The controversial pipeline would transport oil nearly 900 miles from Ugandan oilfields to a port on the Tanzanian coast. Activists have mounted an extended campaign against the pipeline, which they argue perpetuates extractive colonial legacies and will displace tens of thousands of people and harm fragile ecosystems. In response to the pressure, at least 21 major insurance and reinsurance firms have refused to underwrite the project, which is primarily owned by France’s TotalEnergies. The EACOP website claims the pipeline will begin operation in 2025. That is the same timeline given two years ago when developers expected to begin construction in July 2021. (Reuters, Seeking Alpha, Business Insider)