“We’ve shut the bank down!”

This news also came in on Tuesday via the climate camp twitter: “climatecamp: 12 climate campers have just blockaded RBS. Go campers go! Big group about to leave for Bank of England too” “climate camp: Up to 20 campers inside rbs. On second floor too. Dressed as construction workers. More info as it arrives!” “climatecamp: Cyclists...

Stealing the “S” from Shell – tar sands activists hit London

Most of my news from this year’s Camp for Climate Action arrived by twitter: “climatecamp: Balcony of Shell building occupied, big ‘Shell’ sign now reads ‘hell’…” “climatecamp: Tarsands activists are now giving speeches at bp headqrtrs having stopped by at national portrait gallery in Trafalgar square” “climatecamp: Bp is one of the biggest players in the extracion...

Secret documents uncover UK’s interest in Libyan oil

PLATFORM generated two articles in Sunday’s Observer that highlight the collaboration between the Foreign Office and Shell over Libya. The documents referred to show the deep and long-term foreign policy backing provided by the British government to Shell in its efforts to break into Libya. Corporate executives have easy access to the highest level of...

Australia’s worst oil spill in same week as government approves mega-Gorgon gas project

Thai oil company PTT and the Australian government are struggling to deal with an enormous oil spill of the north coast in the Timor Sea. The leak, which started on August 21st, has created a spill stretching over 70 miles by 25 miles. Yet during the same week, Canberra granted environmental approval to Chevron &...

Methane gas seeps from seabed off Svalbard…

A warning of accelerated climate change to come. This not the Svalbard of Philip Pullman’s warrior polar bears, but the non-fictional Norwegian Arctic. While government and oil corporations focus on the Arctic’s potential as a great new oil province. (See BP’s own brochure for boasts of “a solid Arctic track record”.) The ice in the Barents Sea...

BP & Shell support ‘astro-turfing’ climate blockers

Lobby groups funded by BP & Shell are organising public rallies in the US to oppose proposed legislation that would cap carbon emissions. The American Petroleum Institute (API) provided “upfront resources” to pay for an events company to organise public protest meetings. The tactic of “astroturfing” has been used by corporations since the 1990s to...

BP piggybacks on London Olympics to generate social acceptance

BP brand hypocrisy continues, with Marketing Magazine reporting on the company’s plans for the London Olympics in 2012. Energy company BP has appointed agencies Landor and Ogilvy to handle its sponsorship of London 2012. Tony Hayward, executive director of BP, said that […] as BP is the UK’s biggest company with headquarters in London, the 2012 Olympics...

BP keeps digging deeper under Caspian

The main workhorse of Azeri oil production – the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli field – will peak in 2010, due to BP and consortium members driving an aggressively fast extraction programme. As the revenues poured in over the last eight years, the state budget soared, covering military expansion, President Aliev’s opulent lifestyle and doubtful infrastructure projects including a...

The Fight for the Mountains & the Forests

AlJazeera International (in English) recently broadcast several investigative programmes on popular movements opposing destructive fossil fuel projects, as part of its People & Power series. The shows cover local resistance to Barrick Gold in Argentina/Chile, Talisman’s oil operations in the Peruvian Amazon and mountain removal coal mining in the Appalachians. What the film-makers didn’t realise...

Shell-to-Sea Activists Served With Prison Sentences

Activists in Mayo, Ireland have been resisting Shell’s efforts to lay an illegal onshore pipeline in their community. The courage of these activists, who have risked jail sentences and put their lives on the line, has succeeded in delaying the construction of the pipeline frustrating Shell’s plan to access Ireland’s gas fields. Shell-to-Sea is  an...

Community resistance in Rossport continues

Maura Harrington – imprisoned for her opposition to Shell: “We all have successes and failures. I was a teacher, my failures work inside the gates at Glengad and Bellanaboy, my successes are outside the gates”. Second email from George, supporting the community resistance against Shell’s gas plans in Rossport, Ireland: I drove over to Rossport with Paul...

‘The Fattened Rump of Human Disregard’: Zena Edwards on Shell, Nigeria & Ken Saro-Wiwa

remember saro-wiwa commissioned leading performance poet Zena Edwards to write and perform a new work, reflecting upon the role of oil companies in the deteriorating human rights situation in the Niger Delta. We have reproduced her poem and a photo by renowned photographer Ed Kashi, which inspired the commission, and included a video of Zena...