What did Big Oil know and when did they know it?

January 31, 2014By Steve KretzmannBlog Post, Featured, Separate Oil and State 23 Comments

According to multiple sources the State Department will issue its long awaited Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline later today. The early spin today is that “environmentalists will be disappointed”.  But consider the source.   Last week, Jack Gerard, the head of the American Petroleum Institute, told Reuters that  “It’s our … Read More

Extraction and Disclosure

August 24, 2012By Steve KretzmannBlog Post

This is a guest post from Phil Mattera, over at the always vital Dirt Digger’s Digest: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission often behaves like a watchdog with no teeth, but it has just stood up to intense pressure from big business and finally approved two rules that will shine a light on dealings between … Read More

Nigeria Loses $1 Billion a Month in Oil Theft

June 27, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Reports coming out of Nigeria this morning are that the country’s President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked senior oil officials from the state oil company NNPC in the interests of “greater transparency and accountability.” Jonathan has come under intense pressure to clean up the country’s oil industry. We have known for a while that theft and … Read More

Was Ugandan Oil Deal “Corrupt”?

January 28, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Tullow Oil is “approaching the finishing line” in talks with the Ugandan government to resolve a tax dispute that has held up plans to bring in new partners to exploit its oil reserves there. Tullow expects to reach an agreement to sell a share of its Uganda assets to Total SA and China National Offshore … Read More

Saro-Wiwa Was Framed, New Evidence Shows

December 6, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

Fifteen years after the execution of Nigerian playwright and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, new compelling evidence has surfaced that suggests that the Nigerian military killed the four Ogoni elders that Saro-Wiwa was later accused of murdering. The new evidence also reveals that the soldier’s commander, the notorious Lt Col Okuntimo, who was implicated in murder and … Read More

“The risk of it being a mess is high”

October 26, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Question: Can you build a $15 billion natural gas plant in a remote, rural, deeply impoverished and corrupt country and not expect any social or environmental problems. The answer is don’t be silly. So the news last December that Exxon Mobil and several other energy companies were planning the largest ever foreign-investment project in Papua … Read More