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

Author: Crude Accountability, Published on: 6 May 2019

...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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Related companies: BP