Fracking … Its Not Actually About Sex

September 18, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Fracking may be causing protests from America to Europe, but in South Africa, the latest country to lift a ban on the activity, many of the locals don’t even know what the practice entails. Earlier this month, South Africa lifted a 2011 ban on shale gas exploration and fracking in its semi-arid ecologically-sensitive Karoo region, … Read More

Oil companies continue to profit at the expense of our future

July 27, 2012By David TurnbullBlog Post, Featured 3 Comments

If you believe the press reports, you’d think that the oil industry was hurting of late, what with the headlines coming out of the most recent quarterly earnings reports saying things like, “Exxon and Shell Earnings Disappoint,” and “Occidental quarterly profit lower”, and “Chevron 2nd-Quarter Profit Off 6.8%; Upstream Earnings Fall”.  These headlines paint a … Read More

Exxon: Climate Change “Overblown”

July 2, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

As I write, two million people remain without power in the eastern United States, two days after extreme electrical storms brought down power lines and trees.  They are struggling to remain cool in 100 degree heat. In Kansas the New York Times reports this morning “For five days last week, a brutal heat wave here … Read More

Big Oil Donates over $500,000 to Congress in First Quarter of 2012

April 23, 2012By Karen ShowalterBlog Post, Featured, Separate Oil and State

The political action committees (PACs) of five of the biggest players in the oil and gas industry donated just over $500,000 to Congressional incumbents and candidates during the first quarter of 2012. Public Campaign has just released new analysis of data filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Some key findings: Exxon’s PAC was the biggest … Read More

Exxon Beats BP to Arctic Prize

August 31, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

It will not just be Bob Dudley from BP who will be aghast at the news that Exxon and Rosneft have signed a historical deal to develop Arctic oil reserves, but many people from Alaska too. Just months after BP failed in a bid to form a strategic alliance with Rosneft, ExxonMobil has outsmarted its … Read More

From Yellowstone to Blackstone

July 5, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Stick the words Exxon and oil spill into the same sentence and of course people get vivid memories of the Exxon Valdez. Exxon’s latest spill on the Yellowstone river is tiny compared to what happened in Alaska, but  still some 1,000 barrels – or 42,000 gallons of oil – have reportedly been spilt from the … Read More

You Can Hide, But You Can’t Run

May 12, 2010By Mark FloegelBlog Post

Now that BP’s jury-rigged contraption to contain its massive Gulf of Mexico oil spew has failed, the company’s only resort is to continue pumping massive amounts of dispersant into the water near the wellhead, in an attempt to – what exactly? The dispersant goes by the trade name “Corexit.”  It’s supposed to be a pun … Read More