BP partners with Rosneft, Russia's top polluter - some background

BP partners with Rosneft, Russia’s top polluter – some background

BP confirmed today that it’s swapping its 50% stake in TNK-BP (which provided about a quarter of the company’s global output) for cash and shares in Rosneft, the Russian state-controlled oil company, becoming a nearly 20% shareholder in it as a result. The two companies have been looking for ways to partner up to exploit...
Is it me or is he anti-BP? Check out the new Patrick Keiller @TateBritain

Is it me or is he anti-BP? Check out the new Patrick Keiller @TateBritain

Having followed the now numerous stunning images of performance interventions at Tate galleries in response to BP sponsorship, when I visited Patrick Keiller’s The Robinson Institute exhibition last week, I was drawn to the BP related content and the ways it resonated with the protests that have taken place in the same space. I recommend...
Bust-up between Aliyev and BP reveals corporate profiteering as Azeri oil peaks

Bust-up between Aliyev and BP reveals corporate profiteering as Azeri oil peaks

Azerbaijan’s President, Ilham Aliyev, gave a speech last week accusing oil company BP of “false promises” and “gross mistakes”. In a country where regime and corporation are closely intertwined – and almost symbiotic – what is going on behind the political theatre? Why the public outburst? Aliyev revealed that Azerbaijan had lost $8 billion in...
National Gallery ends arms money - what it means for oil & the arts

National Gallery ends arms money – what it means for oil & the arts

There was some wonderful news today as the National Gallery announced the end of its long-standing sponsorship arrangement with controversial weapons manufacturer Finmeccanica a year before the contract was due to run its course. Organisations like CAAT and Stop the Arms Fair have conducted an amazing campaign, using public pressure and creative interventions to make...
This is about oil sponsorship, not corporate sponsorship, of the arts

This is about oil sponsorship, not corporate sponsorship, of the arts

At the end of September, the merry band of Bard-based interventionists, the Reclaim Shakespeare Company struck again in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Shortly before the BP-sponsored performance of Twelfth Night was due to begin, three actors took to the stage to perform a short piece addressing the issue of the controversial sponsorship relationship, including lines such as: Alas,...
Kate Tempest, Matthew Herbert & BP Saturdays at Tate

Kate Tempest, Matthew Herbert & BP Saturdays at Tate

On Saturday, September 22nd, an exciting collaborative installation took place at Tate Britain, involving the innovative pioneers of immersive performance, Punchdrunk. However at least two of the artists who were taking part in the didn’t seem to be aware and comfortable with the fact that the event had the top line BP sponsorship attached to...
BP's Caucasus gas pipeline blows up, as conflict escalates along route

BP’s Caucasus gas pipeline blows up, as conflict escalates along route

A blast on the Turkish section of BP’s South Caucasus Gas Pipeline has shut down fuel exports, putting a stop to gas exports from  Azerbaijan to Turkey. The explosion took place in a forest between the villages of Yagbasan and Catag, in remote north-eastern Turkey, near the borders with Georgia & Armenia. The Turkish Ministry...
Thirty national & international groups call for support of tar sands blockade

Thirty national & international groups call for support of tar sands blockade

We’re honoured to be one of the groups to be standing in solidarity with this inspiring direct action taking place in Texas attempting to block construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The activists have been facing a variety of awful police responses, including pepper spray, choke holds and tasers. For more information on the...
Bowing to a dead dictator: pipelines, personality cults and the US Ambassador

Bowing to a dead dictator: pipelines, personality cults and the US Ambassador

Azeri democracy activists were enraged when in September, the new US Ambassador to Baku bowed down in front of the memorial to the late dictator Heydar Aliyev, father of the current dictator Ilham Aliyev.  The State Department initially tried to claim that Richard Morningstar had only laid a wreath of flowers at the memorial to...
Shell Classic International: A musical mask and a social licence

Shell Classic International: A musical mask and a social licence

A guest post from musician Chris Garrard. Tonight, the new season of the Shell Classic International concert series will open at the Southbank. The first piece of this first concert is Benajmin Britten’s ‘plea for peace’, the Sinfonia da Requiem. The unpleasant irony is that Shell, the sponsor of these concerts, have now spent in...
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...