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The Oil Road at Busboys & Poets, Washington DC, 23 September 2013

The Oil Road at Busboys & Poets, Washington DC, 23 September 2013

The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London Monday, 23 September, 6.30pm Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St, NW. Washington, D.C. 20009 Sponsored by Institute for Policy Studies  Teaching for Change Busboys and Poets Oil Change International In a unique journey from the oil fields of the Caspian to the...
The Oil Road US tour: Virginia, 5 and 10 September 2013

The Oil Road US tour: Virginia, 5 and 10 September 2013

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 5 September, 12:30pm in 132 Lane Hall The Oil Road – the machinery of our fossil fuel addiction and how to move beyond it Talk by James Marriott, co-author of The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian to the City of London. This event is free and open to the public,...
Shell: Global Mega-Frackers

Shell: Global Mega-Frackers

This briefing compiles numerous examples of Shell fracking around the world, but does not claim to be an exhaustive list. By timing the release with Yoko Ono’s involvement in the Meltdown Festival at the Shell-sponsored Southbank Centre, we hope to: Increase awareness of the enormous role that Shell is playing in expanding fracking operations all...
Gulf Coast organisations respond to Liberate Tate's 'BP Trial' performance

Gulf Coast organisations respond to Liberate Tate’s ‘BP Trial’ performance

Last week saw art-interventionists Liberate Tate carry out a week long performance in Tate Modern, with three different performers whispering excerpts from the BP trial transcripts for an hour every day. Using specially constructed frames to hold a mobile phone, the performers filmed themselves and live-streamed their delivery so that people from all over the...
Liberate Tate perform BP trial all week in Tate Modern - #AllRise

Liberate Tate perform BP trial all week in Tate Modern – #AllRise

Visitors to London’s iconic Tate Modern gallery this week might be a bit bemused to glimpse figures with strange filming devices strapped on to their bodies and wandering about muttering to themselves. It’s the latest performance from art-interventionists Liberate Tate, who are performing the BP trial over the course of the week in Tate Modern,...
Making a Killing: Oil Companies, Tax Avoidance and Subsidies

Making a Killing: Oil Companies, Tax Avoidance and Subsidies

Oil company mega-profits are being made at the expense of the public purse, as youth centres shut, hospitals struggle and the queues at food banks grow. Companies like BP & Shell receive major government support including direct subsidies and military and diplomatic services, but seem to pay very small amounts of UK tax in comparison...
Sticky future of Arctic oil - talk at Visionary Arctic seminar

Sticky future of Arctic oil – talk at Visionary Arctic seminar

Nearly one and a half years ago, we went on an incredible journey to Kirkenes in the North of Norway, on the invitation of Pikene på Broen (Women on the Bridge), organisers of the annual regional Barents Spektakel arts festival. For the 2013 festival Pikene invited us to speak at their Visionary Arctic seminar, amongst a...
Another storm for Shell highlights risks in financing Arctic oil & gas exploitation

Another storm for Shell highlights risks in financing Arctic oil & gas exploitation

On Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year when in southern Alaska there’s only a dull half-light for a handful of hours, Shell’s immense drilling rig Kulluk was dragged out to sea from Dutch Harbour, bound for the port of Seattle. This 28,000 tonne machine was being pulled past the Aleutian Islands though worsening...
Repeated Misadventures: Key questions for Shell on its Alaskan Arctic programme

Repeated Misadventures: Key questions for Shell on its Alaskan Arctic programme

On 8th January 2013, the U.S. Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, announced a review of the 2012 Alaskan Arctic offshore drilling programme “to review practices and identify challenges as well as lessons learned.” The review to be completed within 60 days will focus on the successive setbacks encountered by Shell during 2012. These include its failure...
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...
Strong Laws Needed To Curb Corporate Abuse

Strong Laws Needed To Curb Corporate Abuse

This is a guest post by Katie Redford, Director of EarthRights International.  For many in the international human rights community, the new data about Shell’s security spending in Nigeria – including outlays of over $380,000,000 for just the period from 2007 to 2009 – released last week by Platform, is not surprising. The multinational oil giant has had...
Show us the money - will Dodd Frank force oil companies to reveal payments

Show us the money – will Dodd Frank force oil companies to reveal payments

Last Wednesday oil and gas lobbyists had a very bad day in the office when new US laws were introduced requiring the extractives sector to publish the payments they make to host governments. Industry groups had been aggressively lobbying to water down the regulations and succeeded in delaying their introduction by 16 months. But last...