Equitable Origin’s VP of Standers & Stakeholder Engagement, Soledad Mills, was a guest speaker at the 13th annual Aboriginal Oil and Gas Forum in Edmonton, Alberta in late November. The conference brought diverse groups of stakeholders together to discuss new opportunities and platforms for indigenous communities to participate in oil and gas development in northern Canada. Aboriginal chiefs, representatives, and associations came together with oil and gas executives, site managers, and developers as well as lawyers, environmental consultants and other experts for an inclusive dialogue on how to ensure indigenous interests served through the new policies and frameworks around extractives in the region.
Soledad presented on Day 1 during ...> Read more
Equitable Origin has received its first official complaint, from the U.S. labor organization AFL-CIO. Submitted in the form of a letter addressed to EO’s former Chief Executive Officer Stephen Newton (now a member of EO’s Board of Directors), the complaint included claims of practices at the certified Quifa and Rubiales oil fields operated by Pacific Rubiales Energy (PRE) that violate EO100 provisions for fair labor and working conditions. EO´s Vice President of Standards and Stakeholder Engagement Soledad Mills has acknowledged receipt of the letter and has initiated internal processes to investigate the concerns it raises. Honoring labor rights and fair and lawful treatment of workers is part of the foundation of the EO100 Standard, and ...> Read more
The section of the Amazon Jungle in the Peruvian state of Madre de Dios has come to be a focus of international attention as sizable oil and natural gas reserves have made the region the site of likely development activity in the near future. On top of what could be the largest oil and gas reserves in Peru sit natural areas (comprising several national parks and national reserves) that are rich in biodiversity and the ancestral lands of numerous indigenous communities. Concerned about social disruption and environmental damage from oil and gas development, indigenous groups in Madre de Dios contacted EO through the Ecuador-based Indigenous ...> Read more
Great news: we've extended the public comment period for the EO100 Standard!
We've received hundreds of comments on the standard since the public comment period opened in October, but wanted to give all those who intended to make comments but didn't quite make the December 5th deadline a second chance. The period will now close on Friday December 12th.
Public review and comment on the EO100 Standard is an essential component of EO's transparent operations and the maintenance of an effective and up-to-date standard. A stronger and more current standard raises the bar even higher for responsible social and environmental practices by oil and natural gas producers.
You can participate right now by using the EO Consultation Tool to review the EO100 Standard, like/dislike specific provisions, and submit suggestions for how to make it more ...> Read more
EO representatives traveled to the University of South Carolina (USC) on November 21st to meet with students, faculty and administrators about the EO system and how schools like USC could participate in improving oil and gas production practices. Along with certifying responsible oil and gas production sites under the EO100 Standard, a main goal of the EO System is to connect conscientious consumers of oil and gas products to certified-responsible sites. EO Certificates serve as the mechanisms for this connection--each EO certificate represents one barrel of crude oil (or barrel of oil equivalent) produced at a certified-responsible site. Certificate purchases serve as a market signal that consumers support responsible production practices and prefer products make with responsibly-produced ...> Read more
The Northampton International Film Festival recently published this interview of EO President David Poritz by Glenn McDonald on the festival's red carpet. The festival ran from October 10th to 12th this year, and "Oil and Water", the documentary featuring Poritz, won the jury and audience prizes for Best Documentary.> Read more
Equitable Origin brought together a diverse group of stakeholders for a consultation on the EO100 Standard in Washington, D.C. last week. EO hosted a lunchtime event at the offices of RESOLVE, a nonprofit conflict resolution organization that works on environmental, social, and public health issues, on November 20th. The event included a screening of "Oil and Water" and group discussions that focused on three main issues addressed in the EO100 Standard for responsible oil and gas development: revenue transparency and governance, biodiversity, and the human rights concern of the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) applied for the most part to Indigenous Peoples. EO President and Co-Founder David ...> Read more
While in Washington, D.C. last week, EO President and Co-Founder David Poritz stopped in at the studios of E&E TV (the tv arm of energy news outlet Energy & Environment Publishing) for an interview. Reporter Monica Trauzzi asked Poritz a range of questions about Equitable Origin and how it works to make oil and gas development more responsible.
In the interview, Poritz explains how EO began its work in Latin America, why oil and gas companies are interested in EO certification, and how EO certification could be applied to sites that use hydraulic fracturing in the future. You can watch the full interview on the E&E TV website. > Read more
From the 3rd to 5th of November 2014, Equitable Origin held a workshop on the EO100 Standard and its ability to reduce the negative social and environmental impacts of oil and gas development in Peru. The workshop was hosted by FENAMAD, the Native Federation of the River and Tributaries of Madre de Dios, at their headquarters in the city of Puerto Maldonado. The meeting was called to discuss the applicability of the EO100 Standard in the Madre de Dios region, where proposals for oil and gas development of Lot 76 have come under increasing scrutiny and caused considerable controversy between indigenous groups, NGOs, government ministries and private oil companies. Located deep in the Peruvian Amazon, Lot 76 straddles three provinces and overlaps four protected natural areas ...> Read more
"Oil and Water" was once again the central topic of an interesting academic discussion on Wednesday night in Tuscon, Arizona. EO President and Co-Founder David Poritz and Hugo Lucitante, co-subject of the documentary film and representative of the Amazonian Cofán community attended the screening at the Loft Cinema and participated in a discussion that ranged from Lucitante's experiences in his native Cofán village to the effectiveness of EO's model of improving oil and gas development practice with voluntary standards.
Presented by Arizona State Museum’s Native Eyes Film Showcase with the Indigenous People Law and Policy Program of the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law ...> Read more