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Monthly blog archive December, 2011
UK government backs risky offshore drilling

UK government backs risky offshore drilling

Despite serious environmental concerns, the heightened risk of major accidents and inadequate regulatory oversight, the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change has awarded 46 new licences for oil and gas drilling in the North Sea, including in the ecologically sensitive West of Shetlands area. Speaking to BBC News, Adam Ma’anit of Platform condemned the move: “There...
Shell spill worst in a decade, says Nigerian regulator

Shell spill worst in a decade, says Nigerian regulator

Nigeria’s oil spill agency, NOSDRA, says that Shell’s Bonga oil spill “is likely the worst [offshore spill] in a decade.” Peter Idabor of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency told The Associated Press on Thursday that oil from the spill in Shell’s Bonga field has spread to roughly 100 nautical miles. Idabor said...
Satellite images of Shell's massive spill in Nigeria

Satellite images of Shell’s massive spill in Nigeria

The Bonga oil field, one of Shell’s largest offshore oil facilities was shut down on Tuesday 20 December after a massive oil spill. The cause? It appears to be a combination of human error and / or equipment failure. What the BBC describes as “leak during a transfer of oil to a tanker” led to...

Russian prosecutors: Kolskaya rig was drilling illegally

The oil rig Kolskaya, which capsized and sunk during a storm near Sakhalin on 18 December, had been drilling on the Kamchatka continental shelf illegally, according to the Russian paper Gazeta.ru. The Kamchatka regional environmental prosecutor had lodged a lawsuit against Gazflot (company commissioning the drilling, subsidiary of the Russian gas major Gazprom) for commencing...
Tate has lost integrity over BP

Tate has lost integrity over BP

It’s like family members bringing big news to the winter break dinner table and not knowing who’s in on the secret already. Yesterday morning BP announced it was ‘pledging’ (like a self-sacrificial marathon sponsor) £10m over five years to four of London’s biggest cultural institutions. Platform and Liberate Tate handed over 8000 signatures direct to...

Support oil workers and their communities in Kazakhstan – Protest at police killings

A message below from an activist call out in solidarity with Kazakh oil workers and communities: Demonstration: Wednesday, 21st December 2011, 12 noon Kazakh-British Chamber of Commerce 62 South Audley Street Mayfair London W1K 2QR
For immediate release: Artists and environmentalists reaction to BP arts sponsorship announcement

For immediate release: Artists and environmentalists reaction to BP arts sponsorship announcement

Artists and environmentalists have reacted angrily to an announcement this morning that BP will be pledging £10m over the next five years to sponsor the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House and Tate Britain.
London listed oil company at centre of Kazakh crackdowns

London listed oil company at centre of Kazakh crackdowns

Today The Guardian reports that at least 10 people have been killed in violent clashes between police and oil workers in Zhanaozen, a small city in western Kazakhstan. Local oil workers have been protesting for higher wages and better working conditions throughout 2011. The oil and gas companies, among them KMG, (KazMunaiGaz) which is 39% owned...
Platform is hiring - Energy Policy Campaigner

Platform is hiring – Energy Policy Campaigner

This job is no longer available and is here for reference only. Energy Policy Campaigner: Summary Job Description Do you want to shift UK policy away from supporting destructive oil and gas projects and repressive dictatorships? Platform is a leading charity that combines arts, research and campaigning for social and environmental justice. We run global campaigns...