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17 civil society organisations file first-ever OECD complaint to Slovenian National Contact Point over fracking activities of Ascent Resources

On 12 November 2019 17 civil society organizations filed a complaint with the Slovenian and British National Contact Points (NCPs) against UK-based Ascent Resources over hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities in Slovenia. The complaint is the first-ever case to be filed to the Slovenian NCP. More information is available below.

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12 November 2019

Ascent Resources fracking in Slovenia

Author: OECD Watch

On 12 November 2019 a specific instance was filed by Focus Association for Sustainable Development and 16 other civil society organisations and civil initiatives against Ascent Resources plc at the Slovenian NCP and the UK NCP in support...

The complaint concerns activities of Ascent Resources plc in Slovenia related to hydraulic fracturing activities. The complainants allege that Acent Resources plc has violated the OECD Guidelines in relation to environmental and health hazards, lack of due diligence, poor engagement with stakeholders and improper lobbying activities in Slovenia. Complainants are seeking good offices from the Slovenian NCP to bring their concerns to Ascent Resources plc and facilitate a dialogue aimed at securing the discontinuation of Ascent's hydraulic fracking activities and investments in Slovenia.

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12 November 2019

Complaint to the Slovenian National Contact Point over fracking activities of Ascent Resources in Slovenia

Author: OECD Watch

12 November 2019, 17 civil society organizations and civil initiatives filed a complaint with the Slovenian and British National Contact Points (NCPs) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) against Ascent Resources plc for breach of responsible business behavior in regard to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities in Slovenia. Civil society demands that Ascent Resources carry out its activities in Slovenia in full compliance with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines). Given the severity of the potential adverse effects of hydraulic fracturing activities, adherence to the OECD Guidelines may mean that Ascent Resources will have to cease these activities immediately...

The complaint is the first case to be filed to the Slovenian NCP. Therefore, foreign organizations are also monitoring what will happen to the case...

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