& State Department Reports to Task Force
Detail Oilfield & Gas Projects, Contracts
Arabian & UAE Oil Facilities Profiled As
DC -- Judicial Watch, the public interest
group that investigates and prosecutes government
corruption and abuse, said today that documents
turned over by the Commerce Department, under
court order as a result of Judicial Watch's
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit concerning
the activities of the Cheney Energy Task Force,
contain a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines,
refineries and terminals, as well as 2 charts
detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects, and 'Foreign
Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.' The documents,
which are dated March 2001, are available on
the Internet at: www.JudicialWatch.org.
Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates (UAE)
documents likewise feature a map of each country's
oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals.
There are supporting charts with details of
the major oil and gas development projects in
each country that provide information on the
projects, costs, capacity, oil company and status
or completion date.
Watch has been seeking these documents under
FOIA since April 19, 2001. Judicial Watch was
forced to file a lawsuit in the U.S. District
Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial
Watch Inc. v. Department of Energy, et al.,
Civil Action No. 01-0981) when the government
failed to comply with the provisions of the
FOIA law. U.S. District Court Judge Paul J.
Friedman ordered the government to produce the
documents on March 5, 2002.
documents were produced in response to Judicial
Watchís on-going efforts to ensure transparency
and accountability in government on behalf of
the American people. Judicial Watch aggressively
pursues those goals by making FOIA requests
and seeking access to public information concerning
government operations. When the government fails
to abide by these ìsunshine lawsî
Judicial Watch files lawsuits in order to obtain
the requested information and to hold responsible
government officials accountable.
documents show the importance of the Energy
Task Force and why its operations should be
open to the public," stated Judicial Watch
President Tom Fitton.
AND CHARTS OF IRAQI OILFIELDS: CHENEY ENERGY