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Falling oil price opens new doors for BP & Shell

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 11.   The falling oil price will significantly reduce the bargaining position of oil producing countries. The dramatic crash from an all-time high of $147 a barrel in summer 2008 to $34 in January 2009 has already reversed the trend of resource sovereignty seen...
BP and Shell: Rising Risks in Tar Sands Investment

BP and Shell: Rising Risks in Tar Sands Investment

This report details the range of existing and emerging risks that BP and Shell face from their expansion of production in the Canadian Tar Sands. We believe these risks are significant for BP and Shell shareholders and that investors should question the companies more deeply on their tar sands strategies, and call for greater transparency...

The Living Memorial: an update from Remember Saro-Wiwa

Sept/Oct 2008 – SABLE literary magazine – Ben Amunwa – The Living Memorial: an update from Remember Saro-Wiwa – feature article on Remember Saro-Wiwa Text & pdf to follow.

Preventing an industrial tipping point

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 10. BP, Shell & the Canadian tar sands Under the pristine boreal forest in Northern Alberta lie the Canadian tar sands, a vast carbon time bomb that if ignited will dramatically increase the chance of passing a climate change tipping point. While a rational...

Iraq oil on the block

The real significance of the Oil Ministry’s bid round July 2008 Published on niqash.org Also available in Arabic Last week saw the biggest step so far towards transferring Iraqi oil into the hands of foreign multinational companies, sparking renewed accusations that the US-UK war on Iraq was really motivated by an oil grab. The Oil Ministry announced on 30...

Oil sell-off by stealth

Iraq’s oil service contracts are more than they seem 26 June 2008 By Greg Muttitt, Co-Director of PLATFORM Published on niqash.org Also available in Arabic and Kurdish Next Monday, the Iraqi federal government is set to sign oil development contracts with BP, Shell, ExxonMobil and Total – their first since their 1925 concession was cancelled in the early 1970s....

Shell blasted on Iraq oil – ‘Plans risk more conflict’

Protest at annual shareholder meeting British oil giant Shell threatens to trigger greater conflict in Iraq with plans to control the development, production and depletion of Iraq’s oil reserves, campaigners warn today. This warning, from the coalition Hands Off Iraqi Oil, comes as Shell holds its annual meeting amid growing resistance to the company’s bid...

Hands Off Iraqi Oil day of action across Britain

Campaigners across Britain took action today against the rip-off of Iraq’s oil wealth by powerful oil corporations. Protests took place at BP and Shell garages in 25 cities, plus a ‘Pirate Tour’ in London, visiting the main players in the Iraq oil privatisation push. There were also 4 protests in the USA, and one in...

A game as old as empire

Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and other foreign “aid” organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the...

Sakhalin II Impacts

Shell's Sakhalin II gas & oil project in far eastern Russia has disrupted the social and economic fabric of local communities, including indigenous communities and local fishermen. Rare and endangered species are being threatened with extinction, including the Western Pacific Gray Whale and Stellar's Sea Eagle. Shell's pipeline stretches from the northern tip of Sakhalin...

Shell’s greed punished in Sakhalin

This analysis report was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web Newsletter, Issue 6. After months of haggling over the Sakhalin II gas project, differences between Shell and the Russian government have been resolved through a change in project ownership. The Russian state gas company Gazprom will become the majority shareholder, while Shell, Mitsubishi and Mitsui...

Western banks threaten Kazakh communities

A recent fact-finding mission by Crude Accountability and CRBM (Campaign for reform of the World Bank) found expansion of Kazakhstan’s Kashagan field by an international consortium promises environmental degradation and economic uncertainty for residents of western Kazakhstan. Elena Gerebizza and Kate Watters investigate – This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web Newsletter Issue 6....