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A Lake of Oil: Congo's contracts escalate conflict, pollution & poverty

A Lake of Oil: Congo’s contracts escalate conflict, pollution & poverty

A Lake of Oil analyses confidential oil contracts held by UK companies Tullow and Heritage in the Democratic Republic of Congo that were leaked by Platform, revealing the danger of economic rip-off and rights abuses in one of Africa's most unstable countries.
Contracts Curse: Uganda’s oil agreements place profit before people

Contracts Curse: Uganda’s oil agreements place profit before people

Held secret by the Ugandan government and oil companies Tullow and Heritage, Platform has revealed the terms of the contracts for oil operations by Lake Albert on the Uganda-Congo border, and their economic implications. For the first time, Uganda’s Production Sharing Agreements are available to the public to read, after a leaked copy was placed...

Uganda Oil Interview

BBC World Service – Feb 17, 2010
C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture

C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture

Newspaper-catalogue for Platform’s major exhibition and 50-day season of events at Arnolfini, Bristol, Oct/Nov 2009. Contains essays and schedule of events, workshops, courses, art-interventions, film screenings, courses and performances on issues of climate justice in the run-up to the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change – COP 15 – in Copenhagen. Download the C Words...

Oil & Violence in Turkey

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 10. At 11pm on 5 August, a major explosion ruptured the BTC pipeline near Yurtbashi village in Turkey’s eastern Erzincan province. The blast sent flames shooting up to 160 feet in the air. Nearby residents told PLATFORM that they heard explosions, before a plume...

Exit Strategy – BP and the Refuelling of Heathrow

This report was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 8. A climate change delivery system Imagine a 747 departing from Heathrow. Don’t look at the body of the plane, but at the fuel tanks. In the first 600 seconds after take-off the engines consume 200 gallons of Jet A high-octane fuel. The Jet...

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....

Remember Saro-Wiwa, in ‘Land, Art – A Cultural Ecology Handbook’

In Land, Art, A Cultural Ecology Handbook, Ed. Max Andrews, RSA, Arts Council England, 2006 The Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed together with eight Ogoni colleagues by the Nigerian military on 10th November 1995 for his effective campaigning against the consistent despoilation of the oil-rich lands of the Niger Delta by oil...

Film: ‘Venezuela: the forgotten cost of oil’

Gabriele Muzio explains what inspired him to make a film among forgotten communities in Venezuela’s oil producing area – This feature report was first published in Platform's carbon web newsletter, issue 4. Venezuela’s president Chavez is arguably the only Latin American leader who dares challenge the Washington Consensus and US hegemony over the continent. The...
Crude Designs: The rip-off of Iraq's oil wealth

Crude Designs: The rip-off of Iraq’s oil wealth

Also available in Arabic and Italian. Control of Iraq's future oil wealth is being handed to multinational oil companies through long-term contracts that will cost Iraq hundreds of billions of dollars. 'Crude Designs: The Rip-Off of Iraq's Oil Wealth' reveals that current Iraqi oil policy will allocate the development of at least 64% of Iraq’s reserves...

Development aid or oil industry subsidy?

This report was first published in Platform’s Carbon web newletter, issue 1.   As the G8 meeting has brought Africa and climate change to the fore, a report by Platform Research reveals that British development aid is being spent on oil projects that exacerbate both climate change and poverty. ‘Pumping Poverty’ details how the government’s...