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- We have known for years that the days of finding easy oil outside the Middle East are over. It means that the oil industry has to go into fragile ecological areas like the Arctic or exploit dirty unconventionals like the tar sands or shale gas.
- The oil industry may be arguing that its back to business as usual after the Deepwater Horizon blowout, but the disaster is still causing major ripples within the investment community. And now the shareholders – who together represent investments of $2.5 trillion – are coming together to force through further changes. They are arguing that...
Continue reading 'Investors Warn Over Deepwater Risks'.
- Late last week, the British government gave the goahead for the American oil company, Chevron to start drilling a deepwater exploratory well as part of its Lagavulin project in the waters north of the Shetland Islands. In a highly controversial move, it is the first time the new British Coalition government has granted permission for...
Continue reading 'Chevron Safety Inspections Could be Compromised'.
- BP might be America’s bette noir right now after the Deepwater Horizon spill, but its fierce rival Shell is planning a massive expansion in the region. Shell plans to expand its operations in tar sands and in deepwater in the Gulf of Mexico. So never mind the repeated calls by environmental groups, communities and investors...
Continue reading 'Shell to Increase North American Output by 40 Percent'.
- Well we always knew that the oil spill disaster would have severe repercussions for the industry, a fact now conceded by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA has warned that the spill from BP’s Macondo’s well “places the ability of the industry to access important new reserves on a knife edge“. Its latest monthly...
Continue reading 'Ability to Find New Reserves Now on a “Knife Edge”'.
- British Prime Minister David Cameron came out batting for BP in Washington yesterday as he tried to “shield” the company over the allegations that BP lobbied for the release of the Lockerbie bomber. But more importantly, he warned US Senators not to “single out” BP over legislation that might ban BP from drilling in the...
Continue reading 'Despite “Deepwater” BP Bets on More Deepwater'.
- For many in America, BP has been public enemy number one since the Deepwater disaster started on April 20th. It’s not only the disaster itself, but the way BP has handled itself before and since then that has added to the palatable anger. The failure by the company to stop the spill, the public gaffes...
Continue reading 'Senators Accuse BP of “Blood Money” Handouts'.
- David Cameron’s government is now said to be preparing for the worst: that BP will collapse and be broken up. One way that could be avoided is if key investors buy large chunks of the stricken oil giant. But one option might be just as unpalatable to the British as BP being broken up: the...
Continue reading 'BP: A Good Value for “Bargain Hunters”?'.
- As the clean-up cost for BP’s spill surpasses $3 billion, BP has demanded that its partners to pay about thirteen per cent of the costs so far or $400m. The demands were sent to Deepwater Horizon partners Anadarko – that owns 25 per cent of the well – and Japan’s Mitsui Oil Exploration that owns...
Continue reading 'Will BP’s Partners Cough up $400 Million?'.
- A BP presentation to investors from March 2010 – a month before Deepwater – is doing the rounds on the net after being picked up by Propublica. In fact the presentation to analysts is on BP’s own website. The presentation shows how so much has changed for BP since the disaster – and if nothing...
Continue reading 'BP’s Long Term Business Strategy in Chaos..'.
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