Big Oil v Big Hollywood

December 18, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

The new Hollywood film about fracking, which stars Matt Damon, entitled “Promised Land” could tap into the growing grassroots rebellion against the technique which is slowly sweeping across America.

Don’t Look Away Now

November 21, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Love it or loath it as the voice of business, you can say one thing about the Financial Times, it normally covers the energy beat with a reasonable degree of accuracy. That’s why is was so disappointing to read the latest misguided comment piece by the paper’s Washington columnist Edward Luce, in an article “Look … Read More

Shale Oil Jobs “Vastly Exaggerated”

November 16, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

The headline in yesterday’s Financial Times said it all “Surge in shale oil output fuels US jobs bonanza”. According to the FT: “The boom in shale oil and gas production has created one bright spot in the otherwise grim US labour market.” “The rate of job growth is noteworthy,” Brian Davidson, an economist with the … Read More

Shell’s Operations Present “Climate Risk” to Investors

June 4, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Last month, a ground-breaking study by Oil Change and other NGO’s calculated that Shell was the world’s most carbon intensive oil company, per barrel of oil equivalent to be produced.  The main reason for this is its massive expansion into Canada’s climate intensive dirty oil sands. The report looked at the carbon intensity of the … Read More

Bailing out Bidder 70

January 5, 2009By Steve KretzmannBlog Post 3 Comments

I never have been big on rules. And neither apparently, is Tim DeChristopher.  He’s the young activist who just completely derailed the Bush Administration’s plans to sell more of our public lands to the oil companies. He sat in the lease sale in Salt Lake City on December 19th and “bought” 22,500 acres of public … Read More

Oz Bans Shale-Oil Mine

August 26, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

There might be a “mine it flat” mentality in Alberta concerning tar sands, but one provincial government has just adopted a different approach to unconventional oil resources. The only problem is that it is thousands of miles away in Australia. Australia’s Queensland state has banned shale-oil mining for 20 years, blocking a plan for a … Read More