10 Things About Crude

Crude Accountability is the only nonprofit organization in the United States created exclusively to focus on environmental and human rights in communities impacted by oil and gas development across the vast Black and Caspian Sea regions. We carry out campaigns, research, and projects in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan.

  1. Crude Accountability respects local communities. We launch environmental and human rights campaigns in the region at the invitation of local defenders and take every step of our campaigns closely with our partners; those who are fighting environmental injustice firsthand know what is best for their communities.
  2. Why do we work in Eurasia? The US consumes more oil than any other nation–20% of the world’s daily consumption–although we comprise only 4% of the world’s population. US oil giant Chevron is the single largest private company operating in Kazakhstan, and western oil giants BP, ENI, Exxon, Shell, and others are significant players in the Caspian region.
  3. Crude Accountability uses science, data, technology, and ground-truthing to hold petroleum companies, governments, and international financial institutions accountable for their environmental, social, and human rights violations.
  4. Crude Accountability publishes in-depth analyses on the impact of the oil and gas industries in the Black and Caspian Sea regions. Our research includes reports on Turkmenistan, one of the world’s most closed and authoritarian countries. All of our reports are available on our website.
  5. As the result of our 16 years of tireless campaigning in partnership with activists in Kazakhstan, the village of Berezovka was relocated away from the toxic Karachaganak Oil and Gas Condensate Field, and children who were poisoned by its emissions received diagnosis and treatment for their health problems.
  6. Together with partner organizations, Crude Accountability organizes international and cross-generational exchange programs for environmental defenders from Eurasia and the United States to develop skills, share knowledge, and build solidarity among activists. 
  7. As a founding member of the Civic Solidarity Platform’s Climate Justice Working Group, Crude Accountability recognizes the broader context that impacts our campaigning and research. Crude Accountability’s current climate work ranges from researching countries’ commitments under the Paris Agreement to building the capacity of environmental defenders to work on climate change.
  8. Crude Accountability is one of the founding members of the Prove They Are Alive! Campaign, which works to protect the rights of political prisoners who have been forcibly disappeared in Turkmenistan’s prison system. Some of these prisoners have been disappeared since 2002, and revenues from the oil and gas industry have enabled the Turkmen regime to continue this gross violation of human rights.
  9. Crude Accountability boasts a Board of Directors from the United States,  Eurasia, and other parts of the world with expertise in corporate accountability, nonprofit development, media outreach, environmental science, and regional politics.
  10. Crude Accountability does not accept funding from the petroleum industry. All of our funding comes from individuals and private foundations. You can join us! To contribute to and become a partner in Crude Accountability’s fight for environmental justice, click here!