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Life in the Landscape of Hydrocarbons – Exit Strategy III

By James Marriott – This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 10. How was it that the marshes of Hoo St Werburgh – so good for grazing cattle and sheep, so rich in birdlife – were turned into a site for Kingsnorth Power Station – with its chimneys and access roads,...

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...

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...

No Oil Law in Sight – Opposition Intensifies

Eighteen months since its first deadline and a year since cabinet approval, Iraq’s controversial oil law is still not on the statute book. The last four months have seen a consolidation of protests worldwide over the Bush administration’s top benchmark. Opponents of the oil law and the economic occupation it represents, including oil unions and...

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...

Yasuni – Our Future in Their Hands?

This report was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 8. Ecuador proposes to claim compensation in exchange for leaving crude oil in the ground. Esperanza Martinez examines what this means for resource sovereignty. Oil, for countries that possess it, is often centre stage when it comes to issues of sovereignty. Invasions have been...

The white man’s burden and ‘oil for peace’ in Iraq

Take up the White Man’s burden The savage wars of peace Fill full the mouth of Famine and bid the sickness cease. Rudyard Kipling, 1899 Pressure for Iraq’s controversial oil law intensified throughout the summer, with increasingly overt threats to topple the Iraqi government if it failed to deliver an oil law and other US...