I ask Exxon to release the documents required by the permits and to prove that the Liza 2 permit has not been violated

Dear Editor:

I watched with amusement Exxon’s latest statement from March 2, 2022 and the frantic remarks of our honorable vice president, even calling me a liar. I respect the vice president’s office, so I won’t stoop to the indignity of responding in kind, but will leave it to people who know him better than me to make judgments about his credibility to call others liars. However, I was very disappointed, as all Guyanese should be, by the Vice President’s injection of the race map into this debate, apparently not even realizing that my mother is Indian. In a country where we are so strongly divided by race, good leadership and good governance want words of unity, not words of division.

As for the lingering concern about the lack of full liability coverage, I will additionally lay out more facts here. True to form, in their latest statement, Exxon has once again managed to spin our heads as they are now forced to admit that the insurance document they denied actually exists with even the date that I had attested; but nevertheless they continue to dodge our constant plea to release the insurance policy document required by the permit, for all to see the amount of insurance and what it covers. This riddle recalls when Exxon tricked the VP into falsely claiming that I had tied his hands with a 14 billion cubic foot gas flaring allowance, only to be thrown under the bus by Exxon when they are disassociated from such a lie.

Worse still, it now appears that Exxon may have violated the Liza 2 permit and the laws of Guyana, when they began production of the Liza 2 without providing the EPA with proof of full liability coverage including an insurance policy and an agreement with the parent companies covering all liabilities. above the insurance amount. As everyone remembers, in recent days Exxon has vehemently denied the existence of such requirements, so here are the facts contrary to their admission.

The entirety of Section 12 “Liability for Pollution Damage” of the Liza 1 Permit signed by Mr Parsram in 2017, is just half a page of content comprising four sub-points – all of which refer only ‘to EEPGL as the licensee responsible for any damages. . Besides the fact that EEPGL had no assets to cover liabilities for a major spill, there was no insurance or parent company liability coverage in the permit. To correct this defect, I immediately demanded private insurance requirements, as well as an agreement from parent companies Exxon, Hess and CNOOC to cover all liabilities in excess of the amount of insurance. These 3-page requirements were incorporated into the Yellowtail 1 and Liza 2 permits in early 2019 and all subsequent permits.

Article 12.1 of the permits stipulates that “the holder of the permit must have insurance. »

Section 12.4: “The EPA shall review the environmental liability insurance policy. This revision is subject to the provision of the amount of the guarantee; supplementary to cover gaps in primary coverage; notification to EPA of policy modification, cancellation, expiration, intent to renew, renewal or non-renewal and expiration dates; indicates whether the insurance policy is maintained or renewed for the EPA to determine if it is acceptable or if a replacement policy is required; the final insurance policy or the insurance certificate; and proof of premium payment.

Section 12.5 states that “the licensee shall provide from parent or affiliates…one or more legally binding agreements to EPA committing to provide adequate financial resources to pay or meet their obligations. respective if EEPGL does not do so”.

The foregoing provides compelling evidence of the legal requirements set forth in the permits for insurance and an agreement of parent companies to cover the insurance amounts – exactly what I asserted, and exactly what Vice Presidents Jagdeo and Exxon denied. By their denial, Exxon may now have admitted to violating the Liza 2 permit by commencing operations without these documents to the EPA. Oh what a tangled web we weave / when we first train to deceive!

Additional information indicates that Exxon has remained well aware of these requirements based on written communication between the EPA and Exxon regarding the EPA’s request for “certified copies of the International Insurance Agreement for the Payara project” before the start of production.

I again ask Exxon to release the documents required by the permits for all to see and prove that the Liza 2 permit has not been violated by not submitting these documents prior to start-up. Failure to do so requires an independent investigation, due to lack of trust and because it is unclear what other laws are being broken, exposing the country to dangerous risks.


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