The news from earlier this week that Ken Wiwa, the son of the Nigerian activist and writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, has died at the young age of forty seven, is a devastating shock to anyone who knew him.
State of Emergency as “Repeat Offender” Causes “Nightmare” Oil Spill
A state of emergency was declared yesterday in southern California after 105,000 gallons of oil poured out of a ruptured pipeline near Santa Barbara.
“Men like Oronto Douglas do not die”
Nigeria lost one of its most iconic, out-spoken and passionate advocates for social and environmental justice last week with the cruelly early death of Oronto Douglas at the age of forty eight.
New Evidence BP’s Spill Dispersant Caused Harm to Humans and Wildlife
In the desperately dark days following BP’s Deepwater Horizon accident in April 2010, one of the issues that I highlighted on this blog was the dangers of BP’s chemical Corexit, which the oil giant was using to disperse the oil.
Transporting Tar Sands “As Dangerous” As Shale Oil
There is growing evidence that transporting tar sands oil maybe as inherently dangerous as carrying the volatile Bakken shale oil.
“If All Else Fails, Let’s Go North”
We can’t go South, we can’t go West, we can’t go East, so, hey, lets’ go North”. That is the latest thinking of the Canadians in their increasingly desperate attempts to export the dirty, carbon intensive tar sands from Alberta.
Exxon starts “the most controversial oil rig in the world”
For the oil industry business comes first. After years of preparation, on Saturday Exxon began drilling a $700 million well in the Kara Sea in Russia’s Arctic. It is Russia’s most northerly well.
Shell’s Shame in Nigeria Continues
If there is one country where Shell’s broken promises ring hollower than anywhere else it is in Nigeria.
Barents Sea: “The Next Big Oil Region”
Late last week, the Norwegian government issued a license to energy giant Statoil to allow it to start drilling in the controversial Arctic waters of the Barents Sea.
The Pipeline that Will Never be Built
And so the battle lines have been drawn. On the one hand you have Canada’s federal government, ever eager to please Big Oil, which has just agreed to let Enbridge build its highly controversial $8 billion Northern Gateway pipeline from the toxic tar sands of Alberta to the rugged coast of British Colombia.