Insurance giant Marsh in firing line over controversial East Africa pipeline

Non-governmental groups submitted a complaint to the US government today, alleging that New York-based insurer Marsh, a member of the Marsh McLennan group, has violated international guidelines for responsible business conduct by acting as insurance broker for the controversial East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).

EACOP will transport 200,000 barrels per day of oil from TotalEnergies’ Tilenga field in Uganda to Tanga port in Tanzania, more than 1440 kilometres to the east.

For years, the pipeline has been a target for anti-fossil fuel campaigners due to a litany of concerns including carbon emissions, the displacement of people from land, and the risks posed to environmentally sensitive areas and critical freshwater resources.