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The Arctic: what's at stake

Posted by jamess — 22 April 2011 at 9:19am - Comments
We must protect the Arctic from dangerous deep water oil drilling
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We must protect the Arctic from dangerous deep water oil drilling

As our action against Cairn's Arctic-bound oil rig gets underway, there's no better time to remind us all of what's at stake - watch and share these powerful pictures.

Deepwater Horizon - One Year On

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 21 April 2011 at 5:25pm - Comments
Scientist Charles Messing in Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, Gulf of Mexico
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Scientist Charles Messing in Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. 11 rig workers were killed and 16 injured in the initial explosion. And, after nearly 5 million barrels of oil spewed in to the ocean for five months, the long term effects on the Gulf of Mexico are still being uncovered.

The BP Oil Spill: One Year Later - a video on the US report

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 21 April 2011 at 9:25am - Comments
The BP Oil Spill: One Year Later -  a video on the US report
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The BP Oil Spill: One Year Later - a video on the US report

Yesterday marked one year since BP's Deepwater Horizon explosion, what Obama called "the worst environmental disaster the US has ever faced".

Say no to a Deepwater Horizon in UK waters

Posted by jamess — 20 April 2011 at 9:48am - Comments
Oiled Brown Pelicans in Louisiana
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Oiled Brown Pelicans in Louisiana

Not an anniversary to celebrate.

It's been 365 days since BP's negligence, and the arrogance of the wider oil industry, led to the worst oil spill in US history: killing 11 rig workers and unleashing five million tonnes of oil, wrecking the Gulf Coast and killing birds and other wildlife.

The causes behind the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe remain unclear - but still oil companies are desperate to carry out similar drilling in UK waters.

The first time I smelled the oil: remembering the Gulf of Mexico

Posted by jamess — 20 April 2011 at 9:29am - Comments
Heavy crude oil in the wetland grasses on an island in Bay Batiste
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Heavy crude oil in the wetland grasses on an island in Bay Batiste

Gulf Coast local Lamar Billups writes a poignant guest blog, via our US office:

First I would like to thank Greenpeace for allowing me the honor of writing a blog for the one-year anniversary of the BP oil disaster. You are the best, and, on behalf of the millions of people on the gulf, we thank you for the research and help you gave after us this spill.

I remember the first time I smelled the oil: I was at my son’s baseball game. Part way into the game everyone began to smell something like burning tires.

BP AGM Live coverage feed

Posted by jamess — 14 April 2011 at 9:42am - Comments

Today was the first BP Annual General Meeting since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill - where both furious investors and protesters voiced their frustrations at BP's abysmal handling of the disaster. Greenpeace were there - here's our live feed of tweets, news, images and videos from the event at Excel London:

Deepwater Horizon, one year on: BP faces the AGM music

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 13 April 2011 at 6:22pm - Comments

A week before the year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the worst oil spill in history, BP’s Annual General Meeting tomorrow couldn’t be more poignantly timed. Especially with angry investors preparing to vote against the oil giant’s annual report – in unprecedented numbers.

BP's 'sadly naive' attitude

Posted by ben — 2 February 2011 at 11:22am - Comments
BP has learned little from its experience in the Gulf of Mexico
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BP has learned little from its experience in the Gulf of Mexico

BP’s results for the last quarter of 2010 were published yesterday, with the firm admitting that the total cost of the Deepwater Horizon spill will be about £26bn. This off the back of making a total loss of £3.1bn for last year, despite final quarter profits of £2.9bn (made mainly because of the high oil price).

Arctic oil: even the money men can't do the maths

Posted by ben — 27 January 2011 at 12:57pm - Comments
Cairn's tugs drag icebergs out the way of its Arctic oil drilling rig
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Cairn's tugs drag icebergs out the way of its Arctic oil drilling rig

An interesting article was published recently in the German newspaper Der Spiegel, examining the costs of oil extraction in the Arctic. The region, increasingly seen by the oil industry as the Promised Land, could hold significant amounts of hydrocarbons.

Who's going to defend the Arctic?

Posted by jamess — 18 January 2011 at 5:43pm - Comments
Oil companies are taking their drills to the Arctic
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Oil companies are taking their drills to the Arctic

The masters at Marvel comics would struggle to find bad guys worse than these.

Take two of the world’s biggest environmental villains – Russian Rosneft (special powers: oil leaks. 7,526 in 2009 alone) and British BP (special powers: oil spills. Gulf of Mexico, 2010).

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