Lawyers not yet born look set to work on this one too

August 11, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

When the Exxon Valdez oil spill happened the chair of the Trustees panel said simply: “lawyers not yet born will work on this one”. His prediction essentially came true as the spill lawsuits grinded backwards and forwards through the courts as Exxon did everything in its power to delay and derail the legal process. As … Read More

Swords Sharpen for Hayward: Dividend the Key Issue

June 3, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

Just a few weeks ago the online debate would have been unthinkable. But today, the Times newspaper, Britain’s bastion of the establishment and the powerhouse of the Murdoch media empire, is asking its readers whether the embattled boss of BP should fall on his sword and resign. The swords and knives are certainly being sharpened.  … Read More

“It’s got the real smell of death”

June 2, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

And no, we are not talking about the seas of the Gulf of Mexico, where an unknown amount of wildlife is dying and will die due to BP’s oil spill. And no, we are not talking about the nationally renowned wetlands of Louisiana where the oil is having an unseen effect like an undiagnosed cancer. … Read More

Tony “get your life back” by resigning

June 1, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

Its time for BP’s CEO Tony Hayward to go. His is clearly not capable of stopping this spill. BP’s latest efforts at a “top kill” have failed badly. It may be August now before the spill is stopped. He has lost the confidence of investors. Shares in the oil giant have plunged as much as … Read More

BP: Biggest Polluter

May 28, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

So now it is official. What everyone has suspected for the last month, we now know to be true. The Deepwater Horizon spill is now the largest in US history. Yesterday President Obama attacked BP over America’s ‘worst oil disaster’, after new estimates put the amount of oil spilt at anything from 30 to 39 … Read More

Its Top Kill or a $70 Billion Bill

May 26, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

Today, its Top Kill or bust. Never have the stakes for BP been higher. Latest estimates are that the company could face up to $70 billion in penalties and pay-outs for the Gulf oil spill if today’s attempts to stem the flow of oil fail. Today BP will attempt a “Top Kill” – pumping heavy … Read More

Could the Spill Sink BP?

May 17, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

First it was a question, said more like a whisper.  Surely BP will survive the spill? The concept that such a corporate giant could be felled by one outrageous irresponsible act would have been unthinkable even a few weeks ago. But more and more people are asking could the spill sink BP? Already the future … Read More

Chevron in the Dock Again

April 23, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

Big Oil company Chevron may have hoped that its legal troubles as far as Nigeria were over. However, in a great victory for human rights campaigners, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has fixed June 14, 2010 to open appeal hearings in the case.

Groups Fight “Irresponsible Shell” in the Arctic

January 21, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

The Chukchi Sea stand-off between environmental and Alaska Native groups and Shell has taken another twist, with a new legal action to stop the oil company’s plans to drill in the region next summer. Yesterday’s challenge was filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals a group of Native Americans and environmental organisations including the … Read More

Hey Big Oil, We Will See You in Court….

December 9, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Watch out Big Oil, and King Coal. Your day in court is rapidly coming.  One of Britain’s leading climate scientists believes that the day when people affected by worsening storms, heatwaves and floods could soon be able to sue oil, coal and power companies is fast approaching. Myles Allen, a physicist at Oxford University, argues … Read More