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Victory at Leith Hill! Divest Fracking! Resisting sites of speculation

This piece was written before the news of the draconian jail sentences passed on those opposing fracking in Preston, Lancashire … but that bitter ruling does not destroy the reality that shortly before that decision we celebrated a Victory! The News of an Amazing Victory! We wrote of it as follows … The permission to...

BP Chairman: “fracking is a great opportunity” but don’t ask us about the risks

Today I attended BP’s annual shareholder meeting alongside Fernando Cabrera from OPSur (Argentina). Fernando came to challenge BP’s board on the dangers from their fracking operations. BP’s Argentinian arm Pan American Energy is using fracking frighteningly close to Patagonia’s freshwater supplies and fruit orchards (see our report “BP’s Fracking Secrets” for more on this). Here’s...

The Invisible Machine – a gas pipeline in the Caucasus and a handshake in No10

On the evening of Thursday 26th April 2018, it was warm and sunny in London. President Ilham Aliyev strode down Downing Street and was met by Prime Minister Theresa May with smile and a handshake. They posed for the cameras on the red carpet outside No 10 and then retired inside. A short formal chat...

Aliyev re-elected as President for another 7 years – the chain of oil autocracy that binds Azerbaijan

On 18th April Ilham Aliyev will be inaugurated for the fourth time as President of Azerbaijan. His re-election comes as no surprise. It is so predictable that it barely counted as ‘news’ and consequently got next to no coverage in the international media. Originally the election was scheduled for 17th October, but at nine weeks...

Win! Mayor of London and More Councils Back Divestment

Yesterday, the Mayor of London joined the divestment movement. Sadiq Khan announced plans to divest the London Pension Fund from fossil fuels, calling on other London boroughs to do the same. We are seeing a wave of divestment pledges across the capital. Lambeth and Islington Labour have announced divestment commitments in their manifestos. With some local...

Campaigners condemn BP’s ‘under-the-radar’ merger in Argentina

For immediate release 19 December 2017 Campaigners condemn BP’s “under-the-radar” merger in Argentina BP has announced that the merger of its Argentinian arm Pan-American Energy and the Argentinian-Chinese downstream company Axion Energy is now complete.[1] Platform campaigner Anna Markova commented, BP’s announcement is perfectly timed to attract the least attention possible, both in the UK...

BP, el dueño oculto de fracking: Pan-American Energy y el mega-proyecto Vaca Muerta

[ingles] [bajar informe en .pdf] Pan American Energy es considerada la mayor empresa petrolera privada de Argentina. Actualmente gestiona el mayor yacimiento de petróleo del país (Cerro Dragón) y es responsable de una cuarta parte de la extracción no convencional de gas en la Provincia de Neuquén. En realidad, PAE pertenece a la multinacional petrolera británica...

New research: BP’s Argentina arm to frack 37 wells in 2017, including in a town that has banned fracking

Contact: [email protected] / 07942044472 / @PlatformLondon Full report for download: https://platformlondon-org.exactdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/bps-fracking-secrets-ENG-2017-12-06.pdf Research by Platform with Observatorio Petrolero Sur to be released Thursday reveals BP plans to have fracked 37 wells in Patagonia in 2017. Observatorio Petrolero Sur offices in Argentina ransacked 3 days ahead of report release, with campaigners denouncing “escalating repression” in Argentina. New research by...

BP’s Fracking Secrets: Pan-American Energy and Argentina’s shale mega-project

BP plays a leading role in advancing one of the world’s biggest carbon bombs, the Vaca Muerta shale mega-project in Patagonia. BP does not carry out fracking in the UK because the practice would “attract the wrong kind of attention”. This report by Platform with Observatorio Petrolero Sur reveals BP’s role in pushing forward fracking in...

Bribes, bulldozers and BP: what makes a gas mega pipeline?

Earlier this week, the Guardian’s Azerbaijani Laundromat investigation uncovered thousands of covert payments totaling £2.2bn from Azerbaijan’s ruling elite to prominent Europeans through a network of opaque British companies. Today, Platform and other organisations had a letter published in the Guardian, filling in the blanks in the story.  Azerbaijan is particularly keen to present a...

There is no magic money tree, except for handouts for BP

The UK government paid oil companies $312 million to drill in the North Sea during the fiscal year 2016-2017 according to a new report by the HMRC, The Times reports. Successive UK governments insist “there is no magic money tree” to fund public hospitals and schools, or to insulate cold homes. But apparently the magic...

EU urged to honour Paris Agreement, withdraw support for gas mega-pipeline

Brussels, Belgium — In an open letter released today, climate scientists, indigenous leaders, environmental and social justice groups, actors and artists call on the European Union to immediately withdraw its support for a gas mega-pipeline that would ‘destroy Europe’s climate targets’. While European leaders criticised the United States for pulling out of the Paris Agreement,...