Category: Critical accounts of negative impacts Governance News Articles


Corruption in oil – US regulator relations

Author: Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian
Date: Thursday September 11 2008

Government officials in charge of collecting royalties from oil companies accepted ski holidays and other gifts from the firms they were meant to be regulating, as well as using cocaine and having sex with industry executives, according to an official report released yesterday. The inspector general’s investigation found a “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” operating at the mineral management service (MMS), the government agency charged with regulating oil companies. The investigation focused on the royalties-in-kind programme which allows oil companies to pay royalties to the federal government in oil and gas rather than cash. It is one of the government’s biggest sources of revenue outside of taxes, bringing in


Ecuador oil emergency due to protest

Author: CNN
Date: February 22, 2006

Ecuador’s government has declared a state of emergency — suspending civil liberties — in a jungle province to quell protests that have interrupted the flow of crude in the nation’s two main oil pipelines, President Alfredo Palacio’s spokesman said Wednesday. Television on Wednesday broadcast images taken a day earlier of three men apparently shot and wounded by soldiers who were trying to repel hundreds of people hurling stones at them in the town of Borja, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Quito. DOWNLOAD: Ecuador oil emergency due to protest


BP accepts responsibility for Gulf oil spill

Author: Simon Bowers - guardian.co.uk
Date: Sunday 2 May 2010

British oil and gas group’s chief executive says it accepts role as ‘responsible party’ for clean-up BP was fighting to save its reputation in the US, insisting the response effort was “the largest ever mobilised anywhere in the world”. The British oil and gas group, still bitterly remembered for the 2005 Texas City refinery explosion that killed 15 and for environmentally damaging pipeline leaks in Alaska, is reaching out to Louisiana communities, establishing town hall meetings and places for volunteers to enrol. It is also working with the local shipping community to make sure as many vessels as possible are available to help with the response effort. DOWNLOAD: BP accepts


Alaska massive oil spill

Author: BBC News
Date: Saturday 11 March 2006

An oil spill discovered at Prudhoe Bay field is the largest ever on Alaska’s North Slope region, US officials say. They estimate that up to 267,000 gallons (one million litres) of crude leaked from a corroded transit pipeline at the state’s northern tip. The spill was detected on 2 March and plugged. Local environmentalists have described it as “a catastrophe”. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez shipping disaster spilled 11m gallons (42m litres) of oil onto the Alaskan coast. DOWNLOAD: Alaska massive oil spill – March 2006


Civilians and oil firms flee Niger Delta as guerrilla attacks worsen

Author: Peter Beaumont, in The Observer
Date: Sunday 20 July 2008

SUMMARY: The article describes how assaults on foreign workers that threaten to shut down one of the world’s biggest suppliers, reveal the struggle for power between the army and shady militia gangs in the Niger Delta. DOWNLOAD: Civilians and oil firms flee Niger Delta as guerrilla attacks worsen World news The Observer