Alleged impacts on local populations of an oil and gas facility in Kazakhstan
Lead NCPUnited Kingdom
Supporting NCP(s)Italy, United States
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the NGO Crude Accountability and others regarding the activities of the KPO Consortium in Kazakhstan.
Theme(s)General policies, Human rights
Date17 Jun 2013
Host country(ies)Kazakhstan
Industry sectorMining and quarrying
StatusIn progress

Read the initial assessment issued by the UK NCP - November 2013

In July 2013, the UK, US and Italian NCPs received a request for review from the NGO Crude Accountability and others alleging that KPO Consortium had breached the general policies, and human rights provisions of the Guidelines in Kazakhstan. The request covered a period from the early 2000s to the present, and the allegations made relate to obligations to resettle villagers in view of emissions levels and other environmental impacts of the facility.

Taking into account the facts of the request, the situation of the parties and the capacity of NCPs to provide good offices should the issues merit this, the NCPs decided that the UK NCP should act as lead NCP while the US and Italian NCPs would provide support. 

The NCP has conducted an initial assessment and concluded that the specific instance merits further examination with respect to the limited issue of individual households legally entitled to resettlement. The details of the NCP's decision and next steps are outlined in their initial assessment, issued in November 2013.