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This toolbox enables oil and gas companies to create, implement and raise awareness of Community Grievance Mechanisms (CGMs). Wherever oil and gas companies do business, engaging with affected communities and responding to their concerns is essential to operating successfully whilst ensuring respect for human rights. Processes that allow concerns to be raised and remedied—also known CGMs—are an important method of achieving this aim. The IPIECA CGM toolbox is based on the operational experiences of IPIECA member companies and is relevant for both companies who have existing CGM processes and those seeking to establish a CGM. More broadly, this toolbox encourages the implementation of the Access to Remedy pillar outlined in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
In the event of a major incident, neighbouring companies may be asked to provide responders, oil spill response equipment and associated materials, either individually or as part of a mutual aid programme. In general, mutual aid plans are written to encompass the possibility that responders can move freely from unaffected to affected member companies in times of crisis management. Properly designed and executed, the arrangements should, at a minimum, provide assistance to the receiving company without compromising the protection of the individual or the donating company. It is accepted that arrangements will vary from country to country and region to region, and that local cultural factors will play a part in the exact arrangements that are put in place, however it is considered valuable to have a set of templates and guidelines that could be used to develop local arrangements and agreements. With the assistance of law firm CMS Cameron McKenna, and under the supervision of the OGP Legal Committee, a generic template on responder indemnification has been developed along with a template “Emergency Personnel Secondment Agreement” to assist in the drafting of local agreements.
This report provides an assessment of satellite surveillance for oil spill response and focuses on identifying capabilities and gaps associated with surveillance monitoring from satellites. The report focuses on the surveillance capabilities of satellites, considering both the intrinsic capabilities and the practical and operational capabilities of sensors and relevant platforms for oil spill response. This report is linked to many of the recommendations from the API in their assessment of remote sensing for oil spill response. The API report provides recommendations in terms of how remote sensing is integrated into the overall OSR activity; how to involve remote sensing using a 5 step process in terms of teaming, key individual roles and links to specific applications within OSR, and how to select the most appropriate remote sensing technologies and platforms via an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. This report does not address issues related to teaming and application to the broader OSR activity; instead, it focuses on some of the practical issues associated with satellite data availability. There is some overlap between the two reports in terms of providing information on intrinsic sensor capabilities, but the results of the two assessments are consistent. This report is therefore complementary to the API report on Remote Sensing in Support of Oil Spill Response.
The response to an oil spill often results in the rapid generation and accumulation of large quantities of oily waste. Emulsified oil, oiled sand, gravel and entrained debris can increase the volume of waste to many times the volume of oil originally spilt. This waste often exceeds the capacity of the locally available waste management infrastructure. As a result, the management of response-related wastes can become the most time- demanding and costly aspect of an oil spill. This document sets out the principles involved in identifying and planning for management of the various waste streams listed above. Wastes from a variety of sources (offshore and onshore spills worldwide, upstream and downstream operations from oil exploration and production, processing, refining, transport and storage activities) are considered.
This report evaluates a range of oil detection sensors and oceanographic vehicles and their overall compatibility for detecting and tracking oil in water. Oil detection sensors include in situ contact sensors that utilize either direct or indirect sensing methods and surface remote sensors that utilize either passive or active sensing methods. Oceanographic vehicles include autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs), and manned surface vessels.
This guide presents a systematic process for the onshore industry to select water sources that best meet project needs within the broader context of local or regional water management. The guide is applicable to both new projects and existing operations and uses case studies to provide practical examples of the process stages outlined. The document forms an integral part of IPIECA’s 2013 Water Management Framework and complements existing IPIECA guidance on the Biofuels and water nexus (2012). Later in 2014 a further companion document will be launched on optimizing water use through efficiency.
In late 2013, IPIECA co-hosted a webinar and workshop with the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) focused on water risk assessment tools, including the IPIECA Global Water Tool (GWT) for Oil and Gas, a customised version of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Global Water Tool, the GEMI Local Water Tool (LWT)™, and the GEMI LWT™ for Oil and Gas. The webinar and workshop featured company testimonials and case studies, interactive breakout sessions, and facilitated discussions around key considerations for applying the tools based on the experiences gained by companies over the past two years. These key learnings have been summarized in this document to assist new and current users in implementing emerging good practices that will result in effective and comprehensive water risk assessment for their companies.
Responder training is an essential pre-condition for effective oil spill response, which requires personnel who understand, and can perform, a variety of emergency response and incident management functions. The purpose of oil spill training is to ensure that these personnel are identified and given appropriate opportunities to learn and maintain relevant knowledge and skills. This document presents a stepwise process, known as the ‘training cycle’, to assist organizations and individuals in achieving this aim. This document is linked and cross-referenced to the companion Good Practice Guide on oil spill exercises.
A fact sheet from a series developed by IPIECA and OGP to demonstrate the oil and gas industry’s present and future contribution to sustainable development. Prepared in advance of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and updated in January 2014. While the oil and gas industry works to prevent oil spills, it also remains prepared by developing comprehensive contingency plans in cooperation with governments. These ensure a rapid response to anticipate and minimize the impacts of oil spills.