BP in the Arctic – Silence is the Rule

April 19, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

For want of getting repetitious, it seems that BP has yet another corrosion problem in Alaska – this is its third. Chuck Hamel, BP’s bette noir, wrote to Stephen Johnson, administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to report that BP had suffered additional corrosion leaks, which it had not yet reported. One we … Read More

Art Not Oil

April 18, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Earlier today I said we haven’t got it in for BP. So, in the interests of impartiality, I am just passing this message on and not commenting on yet another organisation or person having a go at this Great British institution. It concerns Art Not Oil which is “a rolling exhibition aimed at encouraging artists … Read More

UK Scientist Attacks BP’s Role in Arctic Project

April 18, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Now – you might start thinking we have it in for BP, especially in the Arctic region. No, this is not true. The company seems to be doing enough damage to its corporate reputation and the environment without us. But now it faces further criticism for its operations. This time from the head of the … Read More

Yet Another Pipeline Problem for BP in Alaska

April 18, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

BP has admitted that it has found yet another pipeline break caused by corrosion on the North Slope, at the same time it faces a criminal investigation into its management of pipelines and six weeks after the company caused the worst spill on the North Slope. “We are at the point where there is so … Read More

$144,573 A Day for Exxon’s Lee Raymond

April 18, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

During his tenure as one of the world’s most powerful oilmen, Lee Raymond who retired as Exxon’s Chief Executive last December, was vilified by environmentalists for his stance on climate change. Over the last decade Exxon has led the way to derail any action on the issue. The consequences of Raymond’s actions will be felt … Read More

World “cannot meet oil demand”

April 12, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Revealing comments from Christophe de Margerie, head of exploration for Total and heir presumptive to the leadership of the French energy multinational. Interviewed by the Times earlier in the week he argued that the world lacks the means to produce enough oil to meet rising projections of demand for fuel over the next decade He … Read More

The Oil Bank Fuelling Conflict and Climate Change

April 12, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

One of Britain’s biggest private banks, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has been criticised by UK research group, Platform for positioning itself as ‘the oil and gas bank’ and for providing the finance that is driving worldwide oil and gas projects. These projects will be at the expense of the communities and climate change.

Oil to Start Flowing From Northern Iraq

April 11, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

A Norwegian independent energy company – DNO– plans to produce oil in Iraqi Kurdistan early next year after successful initial drilling. If further tests are also positive, it could lead to the first barrels produced by a foreign oil operator in Iraq and raise the question over who controls Iraq’s vast petroleum resources.

Tens of Thousands of Species At Risk Because of Climate Change

April 11, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Tens of thousands of animals and plants could become extinct within the coming decades as a direct result of climate change, according to a new study. Scientists believe that if atmospheric levels of CO2 double – as expected by 2100 – then biodiversity will be devastated, leading to a “catastrophic” loss of species.