US withdrawal from resource transparency initiative “disregards the public’s right to know,” says TWS

Nov 2, 2017

Mason Cummings, TWS

According to reporting by Politico Pro, the Interior Department’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue Director Gregory Gould sent a letter today to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), stating that the United States would be withdrawing as an EITI Implementing country “effective immediately.”

Launched in 2003, the EITI is a voluntary, international program that sets standards for countries with extractive industries, with implementing countries pledging to provide reporting of oil, gas and mining revenues.

The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from Senior Energy and Climate Director Chase Huntley:

“This is further evidence of the administration’s flabbergasting disregard for the public’s right to know how their energy assets are being managed. This should be simple – if the United States is committed to fighting corruption in the extractive industries sector, as Mr. Gould states in his letter, then we should be continuing to participate in this initiative.”

 

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