We are pleased to offer a way for you to share your thoughts on Crude Accountability. Below you can read some of the recent feedback we have received on our environmental justice campaigns in the Caspian. Whether you’re a colleague, donor, supporter, oil company CEO or a new friend, we invite you to read this commentary and to share your thoughts on the value of Crude Accountability.
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Leanne Grossman, Crude Accountability Board of Directors
Oakland, California, USA
I’m so proud to be a member of Crude Accountability’s Board of Directors because Crude speaks truth to power. Crude Accountability defends environmental rights activists in the most dangerous moments and doesn’t run away from the fire.
Svetlana Anosova, Chairman, Public Association “Zhasyl dala”
Crude Accountability is a relatively young, but already quite experienced organization. Our public association (at that time still an initiative group), had a lot to learn in 2002, and the role of Crude Accountability was critical in our coming into being. It is difficult to identify a goal without an experienced teacher. Crude Accountability was that sort of teacher for us. During our years of partnership with the organization, we have learned a lot from its members—Michelle Kinman and Kate Watters. Their optimism and confidence in the triumph of justice compels everyone who is near them to have the same feelings, and despite setbacks, to find new solutions. There are endless examples of the merits that demonstrate that Crude Accountability is a trustworthy friend and partner with whom it makes sense to undertake serious tasks. The hope for long-term mutual cooperation and support inspires us to the belief that together we will overcome all difficulties and achieve the lofty goals that have been given to us on behalf of the global community.
Andrey Zatoka, Environmental activist and member of the initial Crude Accountability Board of Directors
It is awkward for me compliment Crude Accountability because I’ve been involved in its activities. But I must say that I am proud of my participation in its formation and work. I remember how our international collaboration began—with ISAR’s “Seeds of Democracy” Program and then with its Caspian Program. And I remember the stage when the main “motorists” of Caspian cooperation, Kate and Michelle, tried to attract and draw on the best activists and best ideas for a great cause—saving the living Caspian. I am proud of the principles that we put together and have followed all of these years. And the only thing that upsets me is that Crude is practically the only completely principled defender of a living Caspian. And that there is still so very much to be done to save the Caspian, and that the possibilities are limited.
Linda Price King, Crude Accountability Board of Directors
Chesapeake, Virginia, USA
My commitment to Crude stems from the unwavering mission of the organization, and its proven effectiveness in the field. No other group is addressing the issues of human rights and health in connection to oil and gas in Central Asia like Crude.
Sergey Solyanik, Consultant, Crude Accountability
Crude Accountability is unique in that it works to solve environmental problems of the Caspian region on the local and international levels: from support for local initiatives in defense of environmental human rights, to participation in discussions about international agreements in defense of the Caspian Sea. This enables them to fully engage in decision-making and to understand the situation throughout the Caspian region, as well as in individual countries.
Crude Accountability also plays an important role by providing local residents with an opportunity to bring their concerns to highly placed people who make decisions about environmentally dangerous projects in the countries of the Caspian region: representatives of the international financial institutions, and politicians in the USA and Europe.
David O’Reilly, CEO Chevron Corporation
San Ramon, California, USA
“I have heard of this report and find it insulting to my employees, and it deserves to be thrown in the trash can.”
The above is a direct quote in response to Crude Accountability’s public presentation of The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report, containing detailed information on Chevron’s activities in Kazakhstan. We consider the fact that this report touched such a sensitive nerve with the leader of one of the largest petroleum companies in the world to be a testimony to the power of documenting and shedding light on injustices around the world, particularly in those areas, such as the Caspian, that often fall outside of mainstream media coverage.