Geoengineering and synthetic life – BP’s “solutions” to climate change and the energy crisis

While drilling holes in the Atlantic seafloor and mining tar sands, BP has also been working with Craig Venter’s Synthetic Genomics to geoengineer microbes that could be injected into tar sands to release methane and create algae-based biofuels, according to Jim Thomas of etc group writing for The Ecologist yesterday. He also investigates BP’s role in driving science-fiction schemes to re-engineer atmospheric...

Report: 2 Protesters Shot and Gov’t Official Killed in Ogoniland

Disturbing news has emerged that on Sunday 12 June, 2 Ogoni youth were reportedly shot dead by Nigerian police following a protest against the relocation of Bori Camp military base to Ogoniland. A government official who was backing the Rivers State Government’s plan was also reported killed in a retaliation. Saharareporter’s investigations revealed that trouble...

Tottenham’s Bernie Grant Arts Centre to Welcome Ken Saro-Wiwa Memorial ‘Battle Bus’

LAUNCH EVENT: Saturday 25 June, 12-2pm, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Rd, London N15 4RX. MAP: View Larger Map A spectacular life-size steel bus, created as a memorial to Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, will be officially welcomed to its new home in Tottenham as part of Civic Day celebrations on Saturday 25 June....

Ogonis File Class Action Lawsuit in UK Over Shell Oil Spills

The Ogoni community of Bodo has filed a class-action lawsuit at the High Court in London against oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. The case concerns damages caused by two major oil spills from Shell’s Trans-Niger pipeline in 2008-9, both the result of equipment failure. It took Shell several months before they finally clamped the pipeline....

Podcasts from the Niger Delta

Listen to PLATFORM’s series of podcasts marking 15 years since the execution of Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. The podcasts feature activists who are pushing for social change in the oil-producing Niger Delta. Introduction: Episode I: Fifteen Years of Not Getting Justice Episode II: Patrick’s Podcast Episode III: “Comrade Che”

Shell supports Syrian regime with $55 million during crackdown; one out of six Syrian tanks runs on Shell oil

Today, a Shell-chartered tanker is scheduled to dock in the Syrian port of Tartous. The Heidmar TBN will collect almost 600,000 barrels of crude oil purchased by Shell. The shipment, worth over $55 million, has been marketed to Shell by state company Sytrol, an integral part of Assad’s regime of power. Repression of the democratic uprising in Syria...

Death knell or crying wolf?

In April the Chancellor, George Osborne, launched his ‘Fair Fuel Stabiliser’. This linked the rate of tax paid by oil companies to global oil prices. When the price of oil was above $75 a barrel, the rate of tax on North Sea oil profits would rise, with the additional revenue used to lower the price...

Blair envoy lobbied Iraq Prime Minister for BP 3 months after leaving post

New documents show holes in revolving door regulation New documents released by Greg Muttitt, author of Fuel on the Fire, today show that Tony Blair’s Iraq envoy, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, lobbied the Iraqi prime minister on behalf of BP just three months after leaving Iraq. On joining BP as special adviser in June 2004, Greenstock was...

Book Launch 23 May: Fuel on the Fire – Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq

Join PLATFORM and War on Want for an inspiring evening of debate and discussion for the exclusive book launch of Greg Muttitt’s gripping new book on Iraq and Oil. Time: Monday, May 23 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm Location: Khalili Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG Nearest tube: Russell Square View Larger Map Oil lies at the heart of...

Event: “Violence on Trial”

Violence on Trial Thursday, April 28 · 6:00pm – 11:30pm Resistance Gallery, 265 Poyser Street, London E2 9RF Alongside a host of exciting speakers, PLATFORM will be presenting on oil, insurgency and “corporate violence” in Nigeria and beyond. Using the crisis between the Ogoni and Shell as a starting point, PLATFORM will be discussing the...

RBS, what are you waiting for?

Yesterday the Royal Bank of Scotland held their 2011 Annual General Meeting at their Gogarburn headquarters on the industrial edge of Edinburgh (see Press Association video with Clayton Thomas-Muller from Indigenous Environmental Network and myself). The conference centre was flanked by press jesting with shareholders about diminishing returns. Much of the press group made a dash for...

The other offshore tax regime

The lobby machine kicked into action following the announcement by George Osbourne of plans to raise £10 billion over the next 5 years from the oil industry. Ex-PLATFORMer Greg Muttitt, author of the forthcoming book Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq explains in this guest blog why the outraged claims of the oil...