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Azerbaijan: NGO raises concerns re adverse health, social & environmental impacts of BP's Shah Deniz II gas project; company responds

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6 May 2019

BP response to Crude Accountability letter

Author: BP

...With regard to the three specific points raised in the Letter, we set out below further information to clarify BP’s approach...As part of BP’s Environmental Monitoring Programme in Azerbaijan we conduct routine monitoring around the Sangachal Terminal (ST) including monitoring of air quality, surface and groundwater and soil monitoring. The results are reported to the national regulator, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, on an annual basis. We also present the results of our monitoring programmes to the communities around the ST during regular community updates and make them publicly available through presentation sessions and monitoring overview booklets...We remain committed to ensuring that the communities have access to relevant information on our environmental performance; a large amount of such information is currently publicly available, and much of it is published on our website in both Azerbaijani and English...We have processes and programmes in place to maintain effective and constructive engagement with our neighbouring communities...We have an established grievance resolution mechanism, which is available to third parties to raise concerns, including communities living in our neighbourhood...During the four-year construction period, the SD2 and SCPx projects received a total of 978 complaints within the grievance mechanism. Most of the complaints were related to crop compensation, property damage, land compensation, land boundaries and ownership. All complaints were taken seriously and properly answered in line with our approved mechanism and processes. As a result, all complaints submitted within our grievance mechanism have now been closed.   

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6 May 2019

[Crude Accountability letter to BP regarding Shah Deniz II gas project]

Author: Crude Accountability

...As you may know, Crude Accountability has filed a complaint with the EBRD Accountability Mechanism on the Shah Deniz II project, citing a number of concerns regarding the EBRD Public Information Policy, Environmental and Social Policy, and Performance Requirements. Having followed the project’s implementation for several years, we request responses to a number of our concerns...We are deeply concerned that community members are reporting degrading air quality as a result of the Shah Deniz II project, and associated health complications...We request that BP immediately disclose quantitative data on emissions, including the data from monitoring of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) over the past 5 years (since 2014) on Shah Deniz II on its website and to the local communities, appropriately, in English and Azeri...We are deeply concerned that the Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) for the Shah Deniz II project have not been released to the community members or to the public...We request that BP disclose the Stakeholder Engagement Plans, Social and Environmental Management Plans, and ongoing results and documentation of stakeholder engagement to the local communities and on your website in appropriate languages and format, to ensure that stakeholder engagement at Shah Deniz II is in line with good international practice...We are concerned that the local grievance mechanism may not be serving adequately the communities impacted by the Shah Deniz II project...We request that BP disclose, in a way that does not harm the complainants, quantitative and qualitative data on grievances filed from the communities impacted by Shah Deniz II, summaries of the grievances, and measures take to address them in a time-bound manner.

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