Ineos in a state

Fracking is controversial and widely rejected by the communities where it could take place. But the oil company Ineos is pushing forward with its fracking plans in the UK. It seems content to do this at almost any cost to community good will, pursuing legal injunctions making any practical protest illegal.

The damage this is . . . → Read More: Ineos in a state

Cuadrilla: back to the past?

However new the technology, Cuadrilla appears to be operating in the last century. The Cuadrilla website includes a section on how insignificant their earthquakes actually are and why water supply contamination just cannot occur.

Unconvinced, the citizens of Balcombe and environmental campaigners have been on the move. They are concerned about the direct impacts of . . . → Read More: Cuadrilla: back to the past?

Is a responsibility shared a responsibility halved?

The Deepwater Horizon disaster that polluted the Gulf of Mexico was all BP’s fault – wasn’t it? Well that is no doubt just what is being expensively tested in the courts. How much should BP pay? For how much should subcontractors such as Transocean and Halliburton be responsible?

IIED has produced a new report on . . . → Read More: Is a responsibility shared a responsibility halved?

Oil on troubled waters

Why has the oil industry produced its own sustainability reporting guidelines – apparently leaving the GRI to its own devices?

The international oil industry has produced a new version of its sustainability reporting guidelines. This comes in the middle of the GRI oil sector supplement development. While the industry guidelines acknowledge the GRI – and . . . → Read More: Oil on troubled waters

Oil in deep water

BP may have ruined one third of the Gulf of Mexico for 25 years. But as well as the cleanup, what of the future?

We need to know not only what BP’s policies and practices are for such dangerous operations, but also what those of all the oil companies are. Whether it is Shell, Exxon . . . → Read More: Oil in deep water

BP: responsible but not liable

BP has denied responsibility for the giant oil slick which is threatening the USA. CEO Tony Hayward’s reasoning is that it is the rig operator TransOcean – not BP – that is responsible. This is to confuse moral responsibility and legal responsibility.

Even legally, I am sure the contract between BP and Transocean is . . . → Read More: BP: morally confused?

How do you drill for oil responsibly in the Falklands?

Falklands Oil & Gas is all set to start drilling for oil around the Falkland islands. Is it possible to do this responsibly?

There are issues around environmental impact – many of which are shared with all other oil companies. But there is also the issue of the political ramifications of drilling in contested waters. . . . → Read More: How do you drill for oil responsibly in the Falklands?

Constructing the Compact

The Global Compact is facing a real challenge in its handling of the complaint against PetroChina by NGOs.

If it fudges the issue, its credibility will be undermined. If it de-lists PetroChina, it will appear to be going backwards. So if PetroChina will not respond constructively, then perhaps the Global Compact should.

One root of . . . → Read More: Constructing the Compact