News: Extract-A-Fact Newsletter – August 2017

Source: www.ExtractAFact.org

PWYP-US Extract-A-Fact Newsletter

August 2017

A Guide to Navigating Canada’s New Oil, Gas, and Mining Disclosures

The hundreds of ESTMA reports include disclosures from Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC on Canadian and global operations, ExxonMobil on operations within Canada, and Chevron on operations in Canada and Nigeria. This post will show you step-by-step how to access those reports. Read more…

This New Canadian Data Can Empower Africans
Thanks to a Canadian law that came into force in 2015, these companies are now required to report – for the first time ever – their contributions to governments. Data like this can empower citizens in some of the poorest countries to hold their governments accountable for how that money gets used and to help identify and curb corruption. Read more…

Is the United States getting a good deal on its natural resources? A taxing question
Like the citizens in resource-rich countries around the world, citizens of the United States also need to know if they are getting a good deal on their natural resources. Thoroughly answering this question, however, is incredibly complex and involves the careful analysis of contracts, as well as relevant tax and royalty regimes governing the extractives sector. Read more…

Oil Company Data on Payments to Governments is Now Coming Thick and Fast
We are definitely at an inflection point. In addition to the ESTMA disclosures described above, over 90 companies have reported payment information under U.K. law for 2015. A similar number are reporting for 2016 (Shell’s report is one such disclosure.) In total, over USD 136 billion was paid to governments in 112 countries around the world by companies reporting under U.K. law for 2015. Read more…

Tullow Disclosure Yields Insight into Ghana Oil, Gas Sector
NRGI collected and analyzed Tullow’s yearly disclosures across payment types required to be disclosed under EU rules and of relevance to Ghana: license fees, infrastructure payments, royalties and income tax. Read more…

Opening Australia’s extractive data for development
Australia has one of the largest global footprints of extractives companies operating abroad. Research by Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Australia and ESG research house CAER in September 2016 found that the 22 Extractives Industries Companies on the ASX 200 had a presence in almost 50 countries. Read more…

Introduction to Python
This tutorial is the first in a series that will help you learn how to analyse data about the extractives industry using Python. Read more…

From the archive:
Unlock PDF data with Tabula

Tabula is a powerful and extremely useful open-source web application for extracting data locked in tables in PDF documents. Similar to the Google Scraper application we introduced in an earlier post , Tabula can expedite the process of getting information into a usable format when copying and pasting is not an option. Read more…

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