Seeking Qualified Consultants to Assist Oil and Gas Companies in Implementing EO100 Standard

Feb. 12, 2015 | Written by Equitable Origin

As more oil and gas companies seek to certify their sites under the EO100 Standard, they will require increasing guidance to implement the operational changes necessary to achieve certification. To facilitate this consultation assistance, EO maintains a roster of Qualified Implementation Consultants.

Today, we are launching a call for Qualified Consultants to join us in advancing higher standards of social and environmental performance in the oil and gas industry.

To support industry adoption of the EO100™ Standard, we are building a network of consultants, service providers and advisors who can help oil and gas companies implement the Standard.

We are looking for experts in areas covered by the EO100 Standard, including social impacts, environmental management, human rights assessments, stakeholder engagement, labor practices, corporate ethics programs and transparency and reporting.

Additional details can be found on this EO100 Qualified Consultants fact ...

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EO Hosts EO100 Standard Consultation with Amazon Indigenous Organization CONFENIAE

Jan. 30, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

EO Advisor and former Secretary General of OPEC Rene Ortiz addressing attendees at the EO100 workshop in Esmeraldas, Ecuador last month.

From January 13th to 15th, Equitable Origin convened a meeting in Ecuador’s coastal province of Esmeraldas with leaders and representatives of a number of indigenous groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The purpose of the meeting was to consult with indigenous groups of the region on the EO100 Standard, collect input on the impacts of oil and gas industry activity in the region, and discuss the effects of low oil prices on the responsible production practices.

CONFENIAE's president Franco Viteri introducing Equitable Origin and the EO100 Standard to workshop attendees.

The meeting began with an introduction by Franco Viteri, president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (known by its Spanish acronym, CONFENIAE) introducing attendees ...

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EO Review of Complaint Regarding Labor Practices at Certified Site Moving Forward

Jan. 30, 2015 | Written by Equitable Origin

In December, EO received a letter of complaint from the U.S.-based labor organization AFL CIO. Submission of the complaint, which alleged improper labor practices by certified site operator Pacific Rubiales Energy (PRE), initiated an internal review, performed in accordance with EO Procedures for Certification System Comments, Complaints, and Appeals.

To begin the review process, EO convened an ad hoc internal review panel to consider the information submitted by AFL-CIO. The panel consisted of a member of EO’s Standards Board, a member of the Assurance Oversight Committee and a member of the EO Standards Technical Committee. All members of the panel have experience with grievance mechanisms and two of the three members are experts in labor standards.

EO reviewed the audit report on the EO-certified Quifa and Rubiales oil fields and supporting documents which confirmed that the topic ...

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As Oil Prices Fall, Increased Production Could Mean Greater Risk for Communities and the Environment

Jan. 24, 2015 | Written by Amy Sweeting

Months of falling oil prices could lead to greater social and environmental risk in parts of the world where oil and gas development is taking place. (Oil price chart: Financial Times via markets.ft.com)

Anyone who drives a car has noticed by now that gas prices have dropped dramatically in the last several months, a result of falling global oil prices. But, while that is good for our wallets, it may not be good for the communities and ecosystems surrounding oil developments worldwide.

After several years of mostly stable oil prices around $110 per barrel, prices began to drop in mid-2014. The price per barrel of crude oil has now fallen below $50 for the first time since May 2009, a result of lower global demand brought on by weak economic growth and increases in production in the United ...

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EO100 Standard to Guide Mexico-Canada Discussions on Energy Development

Jan. 22, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

Equitable Origin’s EO100 Standard for responsible oil and gas development will be a touchstone for discussions on energy development practices between Mexican and Canadian trade representatives this year, according to an official document.

The two nations’ shared energy interests was an area of focus at the September 2014 meeting of the Canada-Mexico Partnership’s Trade Investment and Innovation (TII) Working Group in Calgary, Canada. One particular shared interest identified at the meeting was the need for clear benchmarks for social and environmental performance in energy development. In that context, the two delegations discussed the EO100 Standard and the first EO-certified site in Colombia, operated by the Canadian firm Pacific Rubiales Energy (PRE). The outcome of the discussion was a resolution to invite PRE representatives to the 2015 TII meeting in Mexico so the company could share its experiences with ...

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EO President Tells GreenBiz.com How EO is Raising the Bar for Oil and Gas

Jan. 20, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

EO President David Poritz's interview on the front page of GreenBiz.com

EO landed on the front page of the leading sustainable business media outlet GreenBiz.com this week. GreenBiz Chairman and Executive Editor Joel Makower interviewed EO President and Co-Founder David Poritz about EO's mission, the EO100 Standard, and what needs to happen for the Equitable Origin System to successfully improve social and environmental practices in the oil and gas industry.

Makower's article is titled "Equitable Origin: Can this 20-something clean up drilling and fracking?" Although EO currently only certifies "conventional" (the simplest methods of drilling) oil and gas operations, the company is currently developing additional guidelines to supplement the current version of the EO100 Standard that would address the many social and environmental impacts of shale oil and shale gas development operations, nearly all of ...

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EO President's In-Depth Interview for What Now Podcast

Jan. 2, 2015 | Written by Josh Garrett

The podcast What Now, a series of one-on-one talks with thought leaders addressing global problems, featured an interview of David Poritz in a recent episode.

The independent podcast series What Now examines the world's most pressing social and environmental problems through interviews with the innovative people trying to solve them. EO's President and Co-Founder David Poritz talked with What Now's host Ken Rose last week, and the product is the December 30th episode of the podcast, available for streaming on the What Now website and for download from iTunes.

Rose requested an interview with Poritz after attending the Amherst, Massachusetts screening of "Oil and Water." The in-depth interview covers many topics related to Equitable Origin's work, including the company's challenging position in the "middle" of the debate over oil and gas development, between environmentalists and ...

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EO VP Speaks at Aboriginal Oil and Gas Forum in Canada

Dec. 18, 2014 | Written by Ben Vila

Soledad Mills, EO’s VP of Standards and Stakeholder Engagement, speaking on the environmental issues and innovations in co-management panel at the 13th annual Aboriginal Oil and Gas Forum in Edmonton.

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 ...

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EO Receives Complaint Regarding Certification of Labor Practices at Colombia Oil Site

Dec. 17, 2014 | Written by Equitable Origin

EO's procedures for complaints and appeals will guide the review of and response to the complaints submitted by the AFL-CIO.

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 ...

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Indigenous Group Formally Requests Adoption of EO100 Standard by Peruvian Government

Dec. 9, 2014 | Written by Josh Garrett

The logo of AIDESEP, the Interethnic Association of Development of the Peruvian Jungle, which sent a letter to the Peruvian government requesting all oil and gas development in their territories adhere to the EO100 Standard.

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 ...

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