law requires the SEC to issue regulations that force SEC-listed oil, gas
and mining companies to reveal payments to governments related to
projects in their countries, such as money for production licenses,
taxes, royalties and other aspects of energy and mineral projects.
Oil companies say the rules could create a competitive disadvantage, while human-rights groups accuse the industry of seeking provisions that would gut the intent of the law. Click here and here for more on the battle over the rules.
The provision is aimed at increasing transparency to help undo the “resource curse,” in which some countries in Africa and elsewhere are plagued by high levels of corruption, conflict and poverty despite their energy and mineral wealth.
She noted that the rules will complement State Department efforts to improve oil-and-gas sector governance in other nations that have large hydrocarbon reserves, pointing to State’s Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative.
The program seeks to “ensure sound and transparent energy-sector governance for the benefit of national economic development.”
This item first appeared in Tuesday's Overnight Energy.