Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Nature Conservancy's Answer to Rumors they are in Cahoots with BP

The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) Response to false rumors that they had a financially rewarding Relationship with BPShare.

I know personally that BP has been considered a leader in the Green Movement before this disaster. They have been partners with Habitat for Humanity, Int'l and others TNC works in Partnerships. They are Non-Profit with a largely volunteer base.

From the Nature Conservancy on Facebook

"The Nature Conservancy Jason and Brooke,

I left this same response in the post above, but wanted to leave it here as well so you could see it" (reprinted here)

The Nature Conservancy is definitely not business partners with BP, but we have worked with them to avoid and mitigate ecological damage from wind farm siting and natural gas extraction in the West.

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We worked to ensure that BP avoided ecologically sensitive areas and we helped direct $24.5 million in mitigation funding energy companies pay into a multi-agency government fund. Money from this fund is being used to protect over 80,000 acres and improve management for more than 200,000 acres.

We work with BP and state and federal agencies on energy siting issues because energy development is taking place or being planned for areas we want to see conserved. Our goal is to make sure exploration and drilling operations or wind farm sighting is done in a way that has minimal impact on nature. We do this work because poorly planned and executed energy development can harm important wildlife habitat.

In addition, over the last 30+ years, BP and its foundation have donated $9.9 million to the Conservancy, including a $3 million piece of donated land in Virginia. To put these numbers in perspective: in Fiscal Year 2009, the Conservancy’s total dues and contributions were $416 million dollars. Of that, 5 percent of our dues and contributions came from businesses.

If you want to find out more about this work, you can read this piece from our chief scientist Peter Kareiva, here:

And the transcript of an online chat we held several weeks ago with our CEO Mark Tercek on this issue here:

Thanks and let us know if you have more questions.

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