Unpicking Nigeria's new draft oil law

Unpicking Nigeria’s new draft oil law

This guest blog was written by Jeremy Weate. He runs Naijablog and is on twitter. Over the past few years, Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) has acquired a mythic, if not theological framing. It’s as if the document, once gazetted, will provide a final judgement on the direction of reform of the sector. No matter the...
Que Sera Sera: the UK Government and Arctic oil

Que Sera Sera: the UK Government and Arctic oil

Last week ministers appeared in front of the Environmental Audit Committee to defend their position on Arctic oil extraction. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Polar Regions Unit states that while it is concerned with “the effects of climate change on the Arctic” they also recognise “the potential of the Arctic to strengthen energy security” –...
Tangled up in US cables: an intern’s view

Tangled up in US cables: an intern’s view

  This post was written by Platform intern, Pip Brown. Back in October 2011, I gladly accepted the task of working together with Platform researchers and sifting through the US Embassy cables to find information on oil and conflict in the Niger Delta. How many could there be? I typed the words “Shell” and “Nigeria”...
EU announces Arctic policy, but what does it mean?

EU announces Arctic policy, but what does it mean?

Yesterday (3rd July) the European Commission published a document outlining its policy position on the Arctic region. Alarmingly, one of the action priorities listed in the press release is "Promotion and development of environmentally friendly technologies that could be used by extractive industries in the Arctic". In the Communication full text (p9) they add: In...

‘Out damn logo!’ A week of oil-sponsorship controversy in the theatre world

Phew! There’s been so much going on this last week in terms of various interventions and speaking out on the controversial subject of BP sponsorship that at times it’s been hard to keep up. Here’s handy timeline to help keep people in the loop. Things had already been simmering away following renowned actor Mark Rylance...
Tullow Oil's foul play in Ghana

Tullow Oil’s foul play in Ghana

  Sunderland FC’s controversial sponsorship deal with a Tullow Oil front group was featured in today’s Independent: There are growing concerns surrounding the suitability of Sunderland's new sponsor, Invest in Africa, amid claims from the oil watchdog Platform that the initiative's founding partner, Tullow Oil, is responsible for damaging business practices on the continent. Tullow...
Blowing the whistle on Sunderland AFC's oil sponsorship deal

Blowing the whistle on Sunderland AFC’s oil sponsorship deal

At Platform we’ve been very focused on looking at how oil companies use cultural institutions to plaster over their controversial operations, but just yesterday a UK-based oil company moved into the sports sector. The Guardian reported that Premier League Sunderland AFC had secured “pioneering African sponsorship” with Invest in Africa. The article makes Invest In...
RBS & ECGD offer billions in public money to expand Caspian fossil fuel infrastructure

RBS & ECGD offer billions in public money to expand Caspian fossil fuel infrastructure

While the Tory government forces through unpopular cutbacks to the NHS, education and pensions, British public institutions plan to invest hundreds of millions – if not billions – of pounds into new fossil fuel infrastructure on the Caspian. Both the British Export Credit Agency (the ECGD – recently rebranded "UK Export Finance") and the Royal...

The Egyptian Revolution & Environmental Justice – Platform on Resonance FM Thurs 8pm

As both candidates claim to have won Egypt's Presidential elections, the military launches a "quiet coup", imposes martial law and awards itself legislative powers. Meanwhile, popular and grassroots struggles for social and environmental justice continue in Egypt. Tonight on Resonance FM, tune in to hear Platform's monthly radio show featuring Mel Evans & Mika Minio-Paluello...

Mark Rylance, BP & the Olympics

It was heartening to hear Mark Rylance on the Today Programme this morning talking about his involvement in the Olympics opening ceremony and his discomfort about BP (and McDonalds) sponsorship. The award-winning actor, theatre director and playwright said that he’d been asked to take part, and the interviewer suggested he could have said no, to...
Breaking: Oil giant Shell may face fresh wave of oil spill claims

Breaking: Oil giant Shell may face fresh wave of oil spill claims

In this summary of the historic first hearing in Bodo v Shell, Platform reveals that a growing wave of oil spill claims could be on the horizon, exposing the oil giant to major financial liabilities. Shell showed little sign of remorse at its first appearance before a UK court after causing “devastating” oil spills in...

Controversial Cairo PPP refinery receives $3.7 billion from World Bank, EIB, EFG Hermes

A refinery expansion inside urban Cairo is receiving hundreds of dollars in "development" lending, despite a popular campaign against construction. The Mostorod Refinery Project – part-owned by private equity firm Citadel Capital – is situated in Northern Cairo, between Shobra El-Kheima and Mostorod. Opposition to the public-private partnership has focused on forced evictions, pollution and...