Resources: Information Request

Since January 2005, the UK’s Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) has given the public a general right of access to all types of “recorded” information held by public authorities – not only government departments, local authorities and other public bodies, but also schools, colleges and universities, and private entities wholly or largely owned by a 'public authority'.

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ECGD's assessment of Petrobras P-52 oil production platform

1 July 2010

A UK government department is underwriting loans taken out by the Brazilian state-run energy company, Petrobras, for an offshore oil production platform operating in the Atlantic Ocean in even deeper waters than those in the Gulf of Mexico where BP's exploration well is spewing forth oil after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank in April this year.

BPU Review made public after Information Tribunal

11 August 2009

After the BTC Consortium, led by BP, formally asked the UK's export credit agency, ECGD, for financial support for its BTC oil pipeline project, ECGD's Business Principles Unit (BPU) assessed the potential environmental and social impacts of the project. The BPU's findings and recommendations were critical to ECGD's issuing significant financial guarantees for the project in February 2004.


When The Corner House put in an information request for a copy of the BPU's report, it was refused. Only after appeals and counter appeals was the information finally released in August 2009.

ECGD's case impact screening

31 July 2007

ECGD released in July 2007, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, its impact assessment of the Jindal Vijayanagar, Steel plant in India to which it had given support in 2005.


20 May 2007

ECGD responded to a request under the Environmental Information Regulations for ECGD's information on monitoring the Sakhalin II oil and gas project.

2 May 2007

In 2007, the UK's export credit agency, ECGD, released documents indicating that it had classified a nuclear power plant in South Korea (for which it gave support in 2005) as having "low potential impacts"; this classification meant that the project did not require ECGD to carry out a more detailed impact assessment before giving support.

Request to ECGD for information regarding BTC oil pipeline

13 December 2005

ECGD released some information related to the coating on the BTC oil pipeline in response to a Corner House information request. 

21 November 2005

The Common Terms Agreement, signed between the public sector lenders to the BTC oil pipeline project and the BP-led consortium building it, includes the environmental and social conditions to which the consortium agreed to adhere.

Corporate strategy for dealing with NGOs

1 January 2002

The "divide and rule" corporate public relations strategy for dealing with NGOs raising issues about the BTC oil pipeline is made explicit in this presentation on the project's Environmental & Social Impact Assessment, released under FOIA.