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Monthly blog archive October, 2013
The Oil Road in Washington - Constructing Caspian Pipelines on Capitol Hill

The Oil Road in Washington – Constructing Caspian Pipelines on Capitol Hill

Mika Minio-Paluello, Anna Galkina and James Marriott travelled in North America as part of a tour over September and October to promote The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian to the City of London. The fifth of a series of blogs on the journey is adapted from a talk that James Marriott gave at...
Fraud, Freedom and Fossil Fuels: Azerbaijan’s Elections

Fraud, Freedom and Fossil Fuels: Azerbaijan’s Elections

The fittings of Committee Room 6 at the House of Commons – thick carpet, green leather chairs, portrait of 18th century Prime Minister William Pitt and view over the Thames – suggest a solemn and sedate atmosphere. But last Thursday the debate raged furiously, back and forth. Mainly between Murad Gussanly, UK representative of the...
Platform vs the oil and gas lobby in Parliament over fossil fuel subsidies

Platform vs the oil and gas lobby in Parliament over fossil fuel subsidies

Yesterday we were invited by the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) to come in and give evidence as part of their inquiry into the nature of energy subsidies in the UK. We’d already made a written submission, but it was great to go in and put our points across in person. Great, and a little...
Shale Gas Exploitation in Algeria: Interview with an Algerian Journalist and Anti-Fracking Campaigner

Shale Gas Exploitation in Algeria: Interview with an Algerian Journalist and Anti-Fracking Campaigner

Global Frackdown 2 will be taking place on Saturday 19th October. It is an initiative that is aiming to bring together community actions from all over the world to challenge hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, so we thought it would be good to hear from someone in Algeria about the situation there. Algeria has made some amendments...
Another oil spill reported in Ogoni territory, time to implement the UNEP report?

Another oil spill reported in Ogoni territory, time to implement the UNEP report?

By AkpoBari Celestine, Head of Community at Social Action and National Coordinator of the Ogoni Solidarity Forum Almost a month after the Ogoni fishing community of Bodo rejected a 7.5 billion Naira offer for massive spills which Shell accepted liability for, Bunu, another Ogoni farming community in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State was...
A Night at the Museum - the Shell sponsored Fracking Quiz

A Night at the Museum – the Shell sponsored Fracking Quiz

Last week I joined Science Unstained for a trip to the Science Museum. Science Unstained worries about the corporate sponsorship of science communication – everything from BAE’s sponsorship of the unfortunately titled Big Bang Fair – an event for young scientists and engineers – to Atos designed degree courses. When they’ve had enough of worrying...
An oil and gas executive we can (sort of) get behind!

An oil and gas executive we can (sort of) get behind!

We’ve engaged in a lot of AGM activism over the years, mainly on Shell, BP and RBS, and we’ve been privileged to work alongside many different visitors from impacted communities who’ve come to these AGMs to speak ‘truth to power’. In recent years there’s been some really powerful interventions from people from Gulf Coast Communities devastated...
Richmond, California - winning against big oil

Richmond, California – winning against big oil

The most rewarding part of touring our book The Oil Road, for me, has been learning from experiences of people we visit. The book tour becomes part of the Road. Two weeks ago we presented the book in the San Francisco Bay Area, where tankers deliver crude from around the world, including the Ceyhan terminal...
#Oct7Proclaim - Solidarity with Idle No More

#Oct7Proclaim – Solidarity with Idle No More

Today is the 250th Anniversary of the signing of the British Royal Proclamation, an historic document that legally mandated Canada to recognise Indigenous land rights. This document was signed by George III and this morning at 8.30am a group of 25 people met at the George III statue on Pall Mall as part of a Global...