Why care about oil, gas, and mining?
Too often, poor communities have no say in the extraction of resources from their land and receive little information about these projects.
What we’re doing
Oxfam’s Right to Know Right to Decide campaign challenges international oil, gas, and mining companies to respect a community’s right to decide if or how they want oil, gas, and mining development to take place in their community, and their right to know about the impacts and benefits of these projects.
Stories & video
Join Oxfam in demanding that the Guatemalan government protect the lives and rights of all its citizens.
Award-winning environmental leader Francisco Pineda on the fight to protect his country's land and water--and the high price of victory.
Concerns about human rights violations and the environment in Guatemala lead indigenous communities to seek a suspension of mine operations in western highlands.
In Cambodia, Chanthy Dam is helping indigenous communities defend their rights— despite serious personal risks.
In June, Oxfam launched People, power and pipelines. The report examines oil and mining development in Peru and the use of government revenues generated by the Camisea gas project.
El Salvador's President Elias Antonio Saca announced that his government would not give out any mining permits in El Salvador.
Mills takes step toward greater transparency, regulation.
Controversy and torture allegations in northern Peru as farmers resist mining in an environmentally sensitive area.
Oxfam expert explains that oil revenues do not always translate into money to fight poverty.
Oxfam America CHANGE Leaders learn how US legislation can help communities affected by oil, gas, and mining.
Concerns about water and land lead to a debate about the role of mining in long-term economic development.
Gas spills and lack of attention to community development raise questions in the forest villages of indigenous people affected by the Camisea pipeline.
Communities are requesting a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of a new mining project and for their right to free, prior, and informed consent regarding new ones.
Farmers in Ghana affected by chemical spill call on government to investigate and punish polluters.
New clinic doesn't quite make up for lost lands, higher expenses for displaced farmers.
"My greatest inspiration was my mother...When I graduated from the university, I had three callings: To work on behalf of the poor, to educate, and to dedicate myself to science."
Public forum on extractive industries attracts attention of national government.
New economic realities in Central America reveal strong concerns about the future of Mayan culture.
Oxfam in the news
Voice of America, Nov 30, 2012 - Ian Gary, Senior Policy Manager for Oxfam America, weighs in on new U.S. law promoting transparency and accountability