U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative


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Introduction to USEITI

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global effort to increase transparency and accountability in natural resources revenue management. The EITI standard requires oil, gas, and mining companies to publish what they pay and the government to publish what they receive. The goal is to ensure that the numbers match and that citizens get every cent they deserve for natural resources extracted from public lands.

The United States is one of more than 40 countries committed to the EITI standard. The Project On Government Oversight's own Danielle Brian sits on a committee with representatives from government, industry, and civil society, which are helping guide the U.S. towards greater transparency.

The U.S. Effort to Increase Transparency in the Oil, Gas and Mining Industries

By Jana Persky and Avery Kleinman

The view from Claire Ware’s home on the Wind River Indian Reservation is a stunning landscape of high mountains, broad plains and bright, lingering sunsets—a daily reminder of her Wyoming community’s spiritual, nature-based roots.

The land, home of the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes for generations, also boasts something much more interesting to outside companies than cultural history—a vast spread of lucrative oil and gas fields. Those resources funnel a constant stream of revenue into local counties but according to Ware, director of the Shoshone & Arapaho Tribes Minerals Compliance, people living on the reservation see precious few of those dollars. Whereas nearby districts enjoy up-to-date facilities, the reservation can’t afford improvements to their schools, recreational programs and emergency services.

Ware says school districts have been “gerrymandered” to divert resource revenue away from the Native Americans who actually own the resources.

“There are hardly any Indian kids in those schools, but yet they’re taxing our production happening on our reservation,” Ware said. “So those [state] tax dollars never come back to the tribe or to service the programs that should be on the reservation."

The money involved in this corner of Wyoming is just a small portion of the trillion of dollars generated worldwide by the industries that extract natural resources through mining or drilling. Across the globe, the payments and paths of money related to extractive industries often go undisclosed, leaving local communities, such as Ware’s, to wonder where their revenues went.

Into the void steps the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), an international standard focusing on providing transparency and accountability in the governance of natural resources.

Read the full story about U.S. involvement in EITI.

Map of EITI Countries

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Put your mouse over countries to see their EITI status, industries covered, number of companies reporting, and revenues reported by companies and the government. Hold shift and drag with your mouse to move around the map. Double click to zoom.

EITI Candidate Country - Implementing EITI, not yet meeting all requirements
EITI Compliant Country - Meeting all requirements in the EITI standard
Intend to implement EITI - Announced intent to implement the EITI. When the international EITI Board has accepted a country's application, the country will be recognised as EITI Candidate.
Lost EITI status - Lost status as EITI implementing countries following EITI Board review in accordance with the EITI Rules. These countries may at any time re-apply for EITI Candidate status.
Suspended - Compliant/Candidate status is temporarily suspended

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EITI Blog Posts

August 14, 2015

By Lyndle Berryhill

Americans Need Greater Extractive Industry Transparency

Oil worker in front of computers at an oil rig A letter from a leading economist illustrates that releasing more data on the extraction of resources from public lands does not harm companies in the competitive marketplace.

Continue Reading Americans Need Greater Extractive Industry Transparency

Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

July 29, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Federal Coal Mining Program Cheats Taxpayers, Needs Reforms

Photo of Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Loopholes and exemptions in the rules governing companies that mine coal on public lands cheat taxpayers out of millions of dollars in revenue each year, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) told Department of Interior leadership today.

Continue Reading Federal Coal Mining Program Cheats Taxpayers, Needs Reforms

Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

April 16, 2015

By Mia Steinle

Mine Games: How Federal Coal Program Loopholes Can Cheat Taxpayers

Photo at Powder River Basin Coal Mine A 25-year-old loophole can allow coal companies to cheat the federal government and taxpayers out of revenues, but a proposed rule from the Interior Department may change that.

Continue Reading Mine Games: How Federal Coal Program Loopholes Can Cheat Taxpayers

Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

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