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The Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) presents its assessment report on the community's complaint related to the Chad-Cameroon pipeline impacts

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Article
1 October 2012

[PDF] Ombudsman Assessment Report regarding Community and Civil Society concerns in relation to the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline Project in Chad

Author: Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) for the International Finance Corporation and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)

The Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) is the independent accountability mechanism for the...IFC...MIGA...the private sector arms of the World Bank Group...In October 2011, Groupe de Recherches Alternatives et de Monitoring du Projet Pétrole Tchad-Cameroun...[and] other organizations...filed a complaint to the CAO on behalf of local farmers and other community members affected by the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline Project...[The] complainants and...Esso Exploration and Production Chad Inc, an ExxonMobil subsidiary [& other companies involved]...have agreed to participate in a voluntary dispute resolution process. This Assessment Report provides an overview..., including a description of the project, the complaint...and next steps...[C]oncerns raised relate to...issues...including poverty exacerbation, land pressure and loss of livelihood, land and water pollution, inadequate compensation, and the lack of adequate monitoring...The purpose of this CAO assessment is to clarify the issues and concerns raised by the Complainants, to gather information on how other stakeholders see the situation...and to confirm whether the Complainants and ESSO are willing to engage in a dispute resolution process. [also refers to Esso Pipeline Investments, TOTCO (Tchad Oil Transportation Company, joint venture Govt. of Chad, ExxonMobil, Petronas, Chevron)]

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Article
25 May 2011

[PDF] Public version of the complaint filed with the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO) [Chad-Cameroon]

Author: RELUFA, CED, FOCARFE, CARFAD [Chad-Cameroon]

The complaint relates to the Chad-Cameroon oil and pipeline project, approved in June 2000 by the World Bank’s Board of Administration. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) contributed to the funding of this project. This complaint is being filed on behalf of scores of farmers and communities on the Cameroon side of the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline route...All the complainants were adversely affected in a variety of ways by the project, either during construction or operation. To date, adequate compensation has not been provided for these adverse effects...In virtually all the regions along the Chad-Cameroon pipeline route, numerous cases of HIV/AIDS have been recorded...HIV seroprevalence has risen sharply in virtually all the villages in the pipeline area...the work performed and quality of the equipment delivered to communities and individuals were substandard...[Fishermen] have been impacted in a number of ways [by the project]...the company established a dump in which large amounts of waste was buried...There are many other cases of accident victims who have been left to their own devices, with no resources to take care of themselves...the services offered to them [Indigenous People] by FEDEC failed to take into account their cultural specificities and did not meet their priority needs.

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