BP: Beyond Propaganda

August 17, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

I know I am in danger of becoming a BP-bore, but I am not the only one with an unhealthy obsession with oil companies and the way they operate. There was a fascinating piece earlier this week in the New York Times (reprinted in Truthout) by John Kenney who worked on the BP advertising campaign … Read More

BP Spins Alaska Story

August 14, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Public relations trade magazine, PR Week has reported that BP has “more than doubled the number of external communications people” working in its Anchorage office due to its current problems in Alaska. According to PR Week, “the company’s image is taking a battering because advocacy groups are wondering how such an ‘eco-friendly’ company let something … Read More

BP: Only Itself to Blame For Alaskan Fiasco

August 14, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

I am back from holiday, so lets go straight back to BP. The news that BP had to shut over half of its vast Prudhoe Bay operations because of pipeline corrosion has made headlines across the globe. It has also sent the price of oil nearly $2 dollars a barrel upwards. As BP apologized for … Read More

Biggest Polluter

August 10, 2006By Mark FloegelBlog Post

Sunday’s local newspaper reported that gasoline sales in Vermont were 13 percent below prediction in February of this year and almost 15 percent low for May.  I have no theories on the May swoon, aside from the toll continued high prices are having on us all, but I’m reasonably sure the February dip was due … Read More

Sakhalin Energy: “Our Critics Are Wrong”

July 21, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Rich Cookson’s next dispatch from Sakhalin: The Deputy CEO of Sakhalin Energy, David J Greer, is bullish about his company’s impact on Sakhalin, dismissing many of his critics’ claims as “absolutely wrong”. “We bring joy and happiness to the people of Sakhalin,” he says. “And we are providing clean and efficient energy to an energy-starved … Read More

Biotech BP

June 21, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

BP has announced that it is planning to spend $500 million to set up a biofuels research centre that will be attached to a major US or UK university. BP says the centre – which will be called the BP Energy Biosciences Institute – will focus on improving the efficiency of existing biofuels; developing new … Read More

The Observer And Shell Greenwash Together

June 19, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Its great to see the oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, The Observer doing a pull-out section on energy to inform its readers on climate change and renewables. … the only slight problem is that the whole edition is in association with Shell. On the site there is a link to where “Anna” from Shell … Read More

BP and Shell: Stop Spinning the Truth

June 13, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Good article by George Monbiot in today’s Guardian, attacking Shell and BP’s for greenwashing and spinning the truth. He talks about the BP spill in Alaska that we have been blogging about requently on the site. “For a company that claims to have moved “beyond petroleum”, BP has managed to spill an awful lot of … Read More

BP Faces Criminal Investigation in Alaska

June 9, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

A leaked email has revealed that BP faces criminal investigation into the huge 270,000 gallon oil spill the company caused in Alaska in March. Although  BP received the subpoena in April from a Grand Jury, it has only now become public, with the leaking of an email. The news wiped three percent of BP’s share … Read More