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12/11/2012 - 13/11/2012, New Orleans

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Analysis: Oil industry climate risks - Risky business

Oil giants are failing to disclose to investors the risks posed by climate change, a new report finds

Not enough disclosure

Major oil and gas companies are failing to tell investors about the full risks related to both climate change and new forms of resource development, according to a damning report from Ceres, an influential Boston-based coalition of investment and public interest groups.

The report looks at the first quarter 2011 Securities and Exchange Commission filings of 10 companies – Apache, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Eni, ExxonMobil, Marathon, Shell, Suncor and Total – and grades the quality of disclosures across issues such as deepwater drilling safety, and preparedness for climate regulation.

Of 60 climate-related disclosures, it classed only five as “good”, with 34 deemed “poor or no disclosure”. Of 50 deepwater drilling rates, it says only four were “good”, with 29 “poor or no disclosure”. None of the disclosures was rated “excellent”, meaning even the best companies could do better.

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