Obama Bans Drilling in Bristol Bay

December 17, 2014By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured, News

As if the plummeting oil price was not bad enough, there was more bad news for the oil industry yesterday after President Obama signed a Presidential memorandum to protect the vast Bristol Bay in Alaska from future oil and gas drilling.

Gas Leak was “Impossible” Workers Told

April 2, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

First the good news. Over the weekend the French oil giant Total confirmed that the flare that had been burning on its abandoned Elgin rig in the North Sea had “extinguished itself.” The flare was causing real concern in case it ignited the escaping gas. With the flare out, Total has said it could begin … Read More

Africa’s New Scramble for Gas

March 13, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Some twenty five years ago when Amoco were exploring for oil offshore Somalia, the company was convinced that the waters of East Africa contained vast reserves of oil and gas. But its exploration was unsuccessful, Somalia was ripped apart by civil war and the waters of East Africa, once the tranquil domain of dhows and … Read More

Falklands: “Conflict is Over Oil”

February 13, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Are we slowly edging towards another war over oil? Thirty years after Britain and Argentina last went to war over the Falklands, the diplomatic stakes are rising rapidly. This could just be a great game of diplomatic brinkmanship where neither side really wants a repeat of the conflict from decades ago. However this time at … Read More