EPA 1: Big Coal 0

January 14, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

So its game on. The EPA may be under attack from the Republicans, but its not rolling over and waiting to be stripped of its powers, without a fight. It is taking on Big Coal in the battle over mountain top removal. In what is being seen as an historic decision, the EPA has said … Read More

Free at Last?

January 13, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

For 300 long years Greenland has been part of Denmark. Denmark pumps $620 million into Greenland’s anaemic economy every year—more than $11,000 for each Greenlander. But this may be all about to change. In November 2008 its citizens voted overwhelmingly for increased independence from Denmark, which has officially ruled Greenland in some form since 1721. … Read More

API is “Compromised” Says Deepwater Report

January 12, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

We know that BP was to blame for the Deepwater Horizon. So too was Transocean and Halliburton. So too was the failed regulatory regime, which was tasked with maximising revenues for drilling at the same time as being responsible for oversight of the operations. You can’t do both, and that is the reason that former … Read More

Preventing Another “National Scandal”

January 11, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

We already know that the official Commission into the Deepwater disaster criticised BP for systematic management failures. But the Commission is set to criticise the Obama administration later today when the full and final report is launched at the National Press Club. It will argue that the Administration has not gone far enough to reform … Read More

A New Year: A New Spill

January 10, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Who would be a BP shareholder? Last week the company’s shares surged on the fact that the National Commission into the Deepwater disaster had not provided clear evidence of BP’s “gross negligence” into the spill. It could have been construed that the New Year was the beginning of a new chapter in the company’s ragged … Read More

“A Failure of Management”

January 6, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

When ex-BP boss, Tony Hayward said last year that “This was not our accident … This was not our drilling rig. This was not our equipment. It was not our people, our systems or our processes,” you know that history would prove him to be wrong. This was BP’s accident. Today, the Official Report into … Read More

Oil Industry Targets New Congress

January 5, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

It may be a new year, but its an old message. Anyone travelling to the Capital South station on the Washington Metro could hardly fail to notice the latest advertising blitz by the oil industry’s attack dogs the American Petroleum Institute (API). The ad campaign is called “I’m One” and includes images of “real people” … Read More

Now Fracking Starts In Britain

January 4, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

Despite the ongoing serious concerns about pollution from hydraulic fracturing or fracking in the US, the technology is set to be used in the UK too. Such is the concern in the US that the state of New York has issued a moratorium on the practice. The US Environmental Protection Agency is also currently undertaking … Read More