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EO President’s In-Depth Interview for What Now Podcast

The independent podcast series What Now examines the world's most pressing social and environmental problems through interviews with the innovative people trying to solve them. EO's President and Co-Founder David Poritz talked with What Now's host Ken Rose last week, and the product is the December 30th episode of the podcast, available for streaming on the What Now website and for download from iTunes.

EO VP Speaks at Aboriginal Oil and Gas Forum in Canada

Equitable Origin’s VP of Standers & Stakeholder Engagement, Soledad Mills, was a guest speaker at the 13th annual Aboriginal Oil and Gas Forum in Edmonton, Alberta in late November. The conference brought diverse groups of stakeholders together to discuss new opportunities and platforms for indigenous communities to participate in oil and gas development in northern Canada.

EO Receives Complaint Regarding Certification of Labor Practices at Colombia Oil Site

Equitable Origin has received its first official complaint, from the U.S. labor organization AFL-CIO. Submitted in the form of a letter addressed to EO’s former Chief Executive Officer Stephen Newton (now a member of EO’s Board of Directors), the complaint included claims of practices at the certified Quifa and Rubiales oil fields operated by Pacific Rubiales Energy (PRE) that violate EO100™ provisions for fair labor and working conditions.

Indigenous Group Formally Requests Adoption of EO100™ Standard by Peruvian Government

The section of the Amazon Jungle in the Peruvian state of Madre de Dios has come to be a focus of international attention as sizable oil and natural gas reserves have made the region the site of likely development activity in the near future. On top of what could be the largest oil and gas reserves in Peru sit natural areas (comprising several national parks and national reserves) that are rich in biodiversity and the ancestral lands of numerous indigenous communities.

EO President’s Red Carpet Interview at NoHoIFF

The Northampton International Film Festival recently published this interview of EO President David Poritz by Glenn McDonald on the festival's red carpet. The festival ran from October 10th to 12th this year, and "Oil and Water", the documentary featuring Poritz, won the jury and audience prizes for Best Documentary.

EO Hosts EO100™ Consultation Workshop in Washington, D.C.

Equitable Origin brought together a diverse group of stakeholders for a consultation on the EO100™ Standard in Washington, D.C. last week. EO hosted a lunchtime event at the offices of RESOLVE, a nonprofit conflict resolution organization that works on environmental, social, and public health issues, on November 20th.

EO President Interviewed by E&E TV

EO President and Co-Founder David Poritz in the E&E Publishing studio for a video interview with journalist Monica Trauzzi

While in Washington, D.C. last week, EO President and Co-Founder David Poritz stopped in at the studios of E&E TV (the tv arm of energy news outlet Energy & Environment Publishing) for an interview.

As Potential Oil and Gas Development Moves Forward Near Peru’s Protected Natural Areas, EO Brings Stakeholders Together

From the 3rd to 5th of November 2014, Equitable Origin held a workshop on the EO100 Standard and its ability to reduce the negative social and environmental impacts of oil and gas development in Peru. The workshop was hosted by FENAMAD, the Native Federation of the River and Tributaries of Madre de Dios, at their headquarters in the city of Puerto Maldonado. The meeting was called to discuss the applicability of the EO100 Standard in the Madre de Dios region, where proposals for oil and gas development of Lot 76 have come under increasing scrutiny and caused considerable controversy between indigenous groups, NGOs, government ministries and private oil companies. Located deep in the Peruvian Amazon, Lot 76 straddles three provinces and overlaps four protected natural areas, covering nearly all of the Amarakaeri Community Reserve, an area designated for its rich biodiversity and the historic cultural patrimony of several indigenous communities.

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