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Fattening Tengizchevroil [Kazakhstan]

Author: Laura Suleymenova, Ak Zhajyk [Kazakhstan], Published on: 16 April 2012

[Title translation and summary translation of the original Russian language article provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] At a public hearing regarding a preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment of the Tengizchevroil Future Growth Project, academic Muftakh Diarov raised concerns about the project’s impact on the environment, saying “The environmental impact assessment was conducted 15 years ago. Since then the level of emissions has increased significantly. However, the company did not conduct a new assessment…Tengizchevroil is not conducting any studies on the condition of the Caspian Sea…or the health of Kulsary residents, even though the morbidity rate has increased 10 times over recent years…If oil extraction increases to 36 million tons per year, as proposed by Tengizchevroil, the risk of environmental disaster will increase three times…” Togzhan Kizatova, Director of Demos (an NGO), was highly concerned about Tengizchevroil’s hiring policies. She said: “Regarding the lack of transparency of the hiring procedures of Tengizchevroil, these are not internal affairs of the company…We are not happy with the non-transparent system of hiring employees for the company. To understand how the system works we sent a request to the company. After receiving a response we have even more questions.” [refers to the case of Ms. Shabdirova, a local person who applied for a job at Tengizchevroil and was not hired] The participants in the public hearing did not receive clear answers to their questions from the company representatives. [Refers to Chevron, ExxonMobil, KazMunayGas, LukArco] [The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Tengizchevroil to respond. Tengizchevroil's response is below.]

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Related companies: Tengizchevroil (joint venture Chevron, ExxonMobil, KazMunayGas, LukArco)