Oil firms, NGOs jointly develop biodiversity guidelines

Four major international oil companies joined with five conservation-oriented nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to form the Energy & Biodiversity Initiative (EBI), a collaborative group that has developed industry guidelines for integrating biodiversity conservation into all upstream oil and gas operations from initial site selection through final decommissioning.The group's members include BP PLC, ChevronTexaco Corp., Statoil ASA, Shell International Ltd. of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Conservation International, Smithsonian Institution, Flora & Fauna International, Nature Conservancy, and IUCN-The World Conservation Union, which has 78 governments, more than 110 government agenc...

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