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Monthly blog archive September, 2012
Divide and fall? Total criticise Arctic oil drilling

Divide and fall? Total criticise Arctic oil drilling

As Andy Rowell wrote this morning, “this is big news”. Total are the first major oil company to publicly state that companies should not be drilling for oil in the Arctic. A divide amongst the oil majors will only increase pressure on companies, like Shell, who despite having to abandon this years drilling plans, still...
"An unexpectedly engaging tale" - The Oil Road reviewed in the FT

“An unexpectedly engaging tale” – The Oil Road reviewed in the FT

This weekend the Financial Times featured a great essay by Ed Crooks on some accounts of the oil industry. We were thrilled that Crooks led with Fuel on the Fire and Platform’s new book The Oil Road, as well as Jeff Rubin’s The Big Flatline. Fuel on the Fire, published in 2011, reveals the oil...
Better Banking in Action: A Credit Union Open Day - Sat 6th October 2012

Better Banking in Action: A Credit Union Open Day – Sat 6th October 2012

This is a guest blog by Danni Paffard, one of the fabulous people at Move Your Money – the campaign for people to switch accounts from dirty banks to more ethical or community finance institutions. As scandal after scandal blows up in the papers, and the behaviour of our big banks goes from bad to...
An ill wind blows

An ill wind blows

We know there is a vocal minority of anti-wind campaigners out there, who still cannot see the irony in their statements that wind turbines will destroy their local environment, even in the face of serious flooding across the UK being the latest in a series of ‘funny weathers’ that have gripped the globe this year...
As BP's "Contract of the Century" comes of age, new book reveals untold story of corruption & power

As BP’s “Contract of the Century” comes of age, new book reveals untold story of corruption & power

Today, BP’s Baku mega-oil project – one of its largest in the world – comes of age, 18 years since the Contract of the Century was signed in September 1994. To mark the anniversary, Verso Books and Platform are releasing a new book detailing its hidden story of geo-political manipulation, imprisonment of critics and environmental...
MPs find government support for Arctic drilling 'reckless'

MPs find government support for Arctic drilling ‘reckless’

The UK government’s support for Arctic Oil drilling was labelled ‘reckless’ today by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has been quietly supporting oil companies’ Arctic ambitions but this is the first time there has been public scrutiny of the department’s actions in relation to Arctic drilling. The Committee published...
Shell frack Egypt, threatening scarce water resources; Egyptians demand moratorium

Shell frack Egypt, threatening scarce water resources; Egyptians demand moratorium

Shell is bringing fracking to Egypt, threatening the North African country’s already limited water resources. The company is using hydraulic fracturing technology to drill three wells in Egypt’s Western Desert, in the Alam El Shawish West concession. Concerned that scarce water resources will be poisoned, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) has condemned the...
Tate's (near) deafening silence on #AskACurator day

Tate’s (near) deafening silence on #AskACurator day

Wednesday 19th September was Ask a Curator day, with museums and galleries all over the world taking part, including Tate. The overwhelming majority of questions put to Tate curators were about it’s controversial sponsorship with relationship with BP, but Tate curators made only a single response. To be fair, it’s not the curators that are...
Shell's 2012 Arctic drilling shelved

Shell’s 2012 Arctic drilling shelved

Last week, I wrote about Shell’s dubious ‘historic’ achievement in commencing the first drill hole off the coast of Alaska in the past two decades. Later the same day, Shell announced that it had to stop drilling due to ice approaching the drillship. Now, they’ve had to cancel this year’s drilling altogether. A company update...