Tag Archives: Oil

In Small Canadian Town Democracy Wins, Tar Sands Loses
In Small Canadian Town Democracy Wins, Tar Sands Loses By
Andrea Germanos, staff writer In a vote cheered as a victory for democracy, one community in British Columbia has given a flat rejection to a proposed tar sands pipeline. Over 58 percent of voters who headed to the polls in the North...
Europe Scrambles For New Natural Gas Source
Europe Scrambles For New Natural Gas Source By
Russia caught the world off guard when it sent soldiers into Crimea on Feb. 28. Europe considered economic sanctions against Russia, but ultimately targeted only a few government officials. This was considered a weak response, but the European Union relies too heavily on...
Drilling, Mining Industry Warming To Increased Transparency
Drilling, Mining Industry Warming To Increased Transparency By
WASHINGTON — The United States has been accepted into a landmark global initiative aimed at strengthening transparency in the extractives sector, a move that proponents are hoping will improve the ability of local communities to ensure accountability and engage in...
The World Has A New Piracy Hotspot
The World Has A New Piracy Hotspot By
  BANGKOK — Maybe God has a soft spot for pirates. That would explain the Strait of Malacca, a natural paradise for seafaring bandits. Imagine an aquatic highway flowing between two marshy coasts. One shoreline belongs to Malaysia, the other to Indonesia. Each offers...
Death Threats For Lawyer Suing Over Chevron’s Toxic Legacy
Death Threats For Lawyer Suing Over Chevron’s Toxic Legacy By
The lawyer representing villagers in Ecuador suing Chevron for its toxic legacy in the Amazon says he has received multiple anonymous death threats, The Guardian reports Wednesday. “People are constantly following us in Ecuador,” Juan Pablo Saenz, the Ecuadorian...
Who Is Dmytro Firtash?
Who Is Dmytro Firtash? By
On March 13, Ukrainian gas tycoon Dmytro Firtash, believed to be one of Ukraine’s richest men and most influential oligarchs, was arrested in Vienna, Austria. He was released on March 21 after posting bail of 125 million euros ($174 million), but he still faces possible...
Yet Another Oil Spill Shuts Down Texas Shipping Channel
Yet Another Oil Spill Shuts Down Texas Shipping Channel By
A major U.S. shipping channel closed unexpectedly on Saturday, after a ship collided with a barge carrying more than 900,000 gallons of heavy tar-like oil. Nearly 170,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Houston Ship Channel, which is equivalent to about one-fifth of the...
Crimea And Punishment: Imperial Blowback From Iraq To Ukraine
Crimea And Punishment: Imperial Blowback From Iraq To Ukraine By
Russia’s brazen annexation of Crimea presents a vexing foreign policy crisis for the Western powers. How can these actions be denounced without pointing a finger back upon their own forays and interventions? Indeed, President Putin said as much in his recent addressin...
Report: Frackers Leaving Behind Earthquakes In California
Report: Frackers Leaving Behind Earthquakes In California By
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck near Los Angeles around 6:25 a.m. PDT on Monday, rudely awakening many of the city’s residents and prompting news anchors to dash under the newsdesk for protection while still on the air. Damage from the earthquake to structures and roadways...
Oil Companies Dumping Radioactive Waste In ND (Video)
Oil Companies Dumping Radioactive Waste In ND (Video) By
) Don Morrison, of the Dakota Resource Council, talks with Rachel Maddow about the challenge of holding oil companies responsible for pollution in North Dakota.