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PWYP-US Extract-A-Fact Newsletter

April 2017



Who Owns Oil Rights in the Gulf of Mexico? Use our tool to find out!


The interactive tool, depicted above, pulls together multiple datasets from the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to create a useful tool for advocates. Read more...

How can ResourceContracts Help Model a Mining Project? An Example f...
Access to contracts signed between extractive companies and governments can help answer questions like these. In many countries, however, extractive sector contracts remain closely guarded secrets and access to them has often been highly restricted, even within government. This limits the potential not only for effective citizen oversight, but also oversight from government bodies responsible for regulating parts of the industry. Read more...

Sapin II: a very opaque transparency bill in France
In mid-2016, in the aftermath of the Panama Papers, the French government introduced a new bill on transparency, the anti-corruption fight and the modernisation of economic life, commonly known as the “Sapin II bill”. Initially reluctant to establish a public CBCR, the government eventually backed down and introduced a watered down version of the measure. Read more...

Project level disclosures open up Uganda's opaque oil sector
Uganda is on the verge of an oil boom.  Once production starts, the revenues from oil are projected to substantially impact the domestic budget. If managed well, the expected oil revenues could transform the economy and dramatically improve living conditions for Uganda's 37 million citizens, 13 million of whom live on less than $1.90 per day.  Read more...

Extractive companies publish worldwide payments under UK law
Eighty-six extractive companies reported under UK law in 2016 UK-incorporated extractive companies must disclose payments within 11 months of each financial year-end, and London Stock Exchange-listed extractive companies within 6 months. UK-incorporated companies must provide open and machine-readable dataRead more...

Glencore's $75 Million Payments Show Why the EITI Must Enforce Proj...
A new Global Witness investigation highlights the need for EITI countries to ensure payments are reported separately for each oil, gas or mining project. Our research shows that between 2013 and 2016 the mining giant Glencore redirected over $75 million to Dan Gertler, a controversial businessman accused of bribing senior officials in Democratic Republic of Congo to advance his mining interests. Read more...

Digging into the first Canadian payment reports: Royalty audits and...
For many us, whom have dedicated years to advocate for the laws that require the disclosure of payments in Canada, the time has come! Reports required to be disclosed in accordance with the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA) are piling up, and shortly (May 2017) we expect there to be hundreds and hundreds of disclosures covering countries from every continent. You can explore the reports hereRead more...

How to Use Google Refine to Fill Gaps in a Dataset
Google Refine is a powerful and versatile tool that can allow users to clean, manipulate, and transform their data. In this post we will walk through the process of using Google Refine to add geographic coordinates to a dataset. Read more...

How to combat government censorship and protect data: automate down...
A change in government often brings significant shifts in policy. Major initiatives taken up by a previous administration can be slowed or reversed, and information that was once publicly available may be taken down or censored.  This post will provide the steps to download all linked documents, such as pdf files, from a website.  Read more...


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