Raising Global Standards of Transparency in the Extractives Sector

A guest blog by Eleni Chatzivgeri, Lynsie Chew, Louise Crawford, Martyn Gordon and Jim Haslam. This post originally appeared on the Publish What You Pay International Secretariat blog on June 6, 2017 The new mandatory rules for large and publicly listed extractive companies according to the EU Accounting Directive (transposed as UK SI 3209) represent a significant step forward in…

Extract-A-Fact – Tullow Disclosure Yields Insight into Ghana Oil, Gas Sector

Read the full post on Extract-A-Fact By David Mihalyi, Natural Resource Governance InstituteThis post originally appeared on www.resourcegovernance.org on May 15, 2017 Tullow’s first year of reporting coincides with first oil from the Jubilee field in 2011. Recently released reporting for 2016 corresponds to production at TEN. This six-year span was particularly volatile: Ghana’s oil sector grew rapidly and was…

Extract-A-Fact – Opening Australia’s extractive data for development

Read the full post on Extract-A-Fact By Jessie Cato, Publish What You Pay – AustraliaThis post originally appeared on the Devpolicy Blog on May 18, 2017 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…

Digging into the first Canadian payment reports: Royalty audits and more…

This post also appears on www.ExtractAFact.org For many us, whom have dedicated years to advocate for the laws that require the disclosure of payments in Canada, the time has come! Reports required to be disclosed in accordance with the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA) are piling up, and shortly (May 2017) we expect there to be hundreds and hundreds…

How to combat government censorship and protect data: automate downloading documents from a website

This post also appears on www.ExtractAFact.org A change in government often brings significant shifts in policy. Major initiatives taken up by a previous administration can be slowed or reversed, and information that was once publicly available may be taken down or censored. The White House webpage provides some clear examples of this phenomenon. Following the inauguration this past January, press…

A gift for Putin, courtesy of Congress

With unresolved questions lingering about Russia’s interference in one of this country’s most hallowed democratic traditions, our election, it is peculiar that one of the apparent priorities of the new Congress is to hand Russian president Vladmir Putin a rather valuable gift. Only one month on the job the House has rushed to kill a regulation intended to make it…

How PWYP-Indonesia is Turning Extractives Transparency into Accountability

The Importance of Project by Project Disclosure Indonesia’s vast natural resources wealth includes oil, gas, bauxite, silver, and gold. Indonesia is the world’s second largest tin producer, and one of the top five producers of copper and nickel. The extractives sector plays an outsized role in the Indonesian economy: in 2014, oil, gas, and minerals were responsible for a third…