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Monthly blog archive July, 2012
Unpicking Nigeria's new draft oil law

Unpicking Nigeria’s new draft oil law

This guest blog was written by Jeremy Weate. He runs Naijablog and is on twitter. Over the past few years, Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) has acquired a mythic, if not theological framing. It’s as if the document, once gazetted, will provide a final judgement on the direction of reform of the sector. No matter the...
Que Sera Sera: the UK Government and Arctic oil

Que Sera Sera: the UK Government and Arctic oil

Last week ministers appeared in front of the Environmental Audit Committee to defend their position on Arctic oil extraction. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Polar Regions Unit states that while it is concerned with “the effects of climate change on the Arctic” they also recognise “the potential of the Arctic to strengthen energy security” –...
Tangled up in US cables: an intern’s view

Tangled up in US cables: an intern’s view

  This post was written by Platform intern, Pip Brown. Back in October 2011, I gladly accepted the task of working together with Platform researchers and sifting through the US Embassy cables to find information on oil and conflict in the Niger Delta. How many could there be? I typed the words “Shell” and “Nigeria”...
EU announces Arctic policy, but what does it mean?

EU announces Arctic policy, but what does it mean?

Yesterday (3rd July) the European Commission published a document outlining its policy position on the Arctic region. Alarmingly, one of the action priorities listed in the press release is "Promotion and development of environmentally friendly technologies that could be used by extractive industries in the Arctic". In the Communication full text (p9) they add: In...
‘Out damn logo!’ A week of oil-sponsorship controversy in the theatre world

‘Out damn logo!’ A week of oil-sponsorship controversy in the theatre world

Phew! There’s been so much going on this last week in terms of various interventions and speaking out on the controversial subject of BP sponsorship that at times it’s been hard to keep up. Here’s handy timeline to help keep people in the loop. Things had already been simmering away following renowned actor Mark Rylance...