Shell to keep from drilling the Arctic one more year

Here are good news, as according to Grist : ” The Arctic will be safe from drilling efforts by accident-prone Shell this year, and the oil company says it is reconsidering its very future in the region.” ” (…) The company announced on Thursday that it won’t pursue exploratory drilling in the Arctic this year,… Continue reading Shell to keep from drilling the Arctic one more year

Why drilling for oil in the Arctic is downright crazy

As China and Iceland signed last week a treaty on arctic oil and as a small spill declared in Russia, I thought it was appropriate to write about a previous article from Climate Progress on the risks of such practices. As Kiley Kroh noted there: ” Analysts at one of the world’s largest insurance markets… Continue reading Why drilling for oil in the Arctic is downright crazy

Chevron to pay $18 billion to Ecuador

To Reuters : ” An Ecuadorean appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling that Chevron Corp should pay $18 billion in damages to plaintiffs who accused the U.S. oil giant of polluting the Amazon jungle and damaging their health. “ ” A judge ordered Chevron to pay $8.6 billion in environmental damages last February, but… Continue reading Chevron to pay $18 billion to Ecuador

The too many little oil spills of Russia

Here is something we never heard about before. To the Associated Press : ” Environmentalists estimate at least 1 percent of Russia’s annual oil production, or 5 million tons, is spilled every year. That is equivalent to one Deepwater Horizon-scale leak about every two months. Crumbling infrastructure and a harsh climate combine to spell disaster… Continue reading The too many little oil spills of Russia

Nigeria, the world capital of oil pollution

To Climate Progress : “ Wednesday, Shell claimed responsibility for two oil spills dating to 2008 (which) are estimated to exceed the 11 million gallons spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster. ”  (over 40 million liters) ” As a 2010 article by  the Guardian’s environment editor explained: With 606 oilfields, the Niger delta supplies 40%… Continue reading Nigeria, the world capital of oil pollution

One year after the BP oil spill

You would have thought that the United States have learned from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which took place a year ago. To the Huffington Post, this is absolutely not the case. “In the year since the worst environmental disaster in the nation’s history, Congress hasn’t adopted any major laws on… Continue reading One year after the BP oil spill

From an oil spill to another…

How ironic ! As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was almost over another begun in China as two crude oil pipelines blew up on July 16th in Dalian’s Xingang port, beginning the worst oil spill in the country. Oil is already polluting massively our air and water as we burn it everyday… Continue reading From an oil spill to another…

Is the BP oil spill finally over ? (A wake up call)

After nearly three months (cf. A huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ) it seems it is finally (almost) over. To the Guardian : ” BP held out hope today that it had finally brought America’s worst oil spill under control “. But we shouldn’t rejoice too fast as ” executives and officials… Continue reading Is the BP oil spill finally over ? (A wake up call)

The much lesser known Amazon oil spill

The French daily Le Figaro publishes a translation of the best New York Times articles each Friday. This enabled me to come accross another huge oil spill, this time located in Ecuador, South America. During three decades Texaco operated more than 300 oil wells without taking any notice of environmental issues. As a result the company… Continue reading The much lesser known Amazon oil spill

Offshore WIND, not OIL

After the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the huge environmental catastrophe it is leading to, more and more voices are now demanding offshore wind as a paliative. This sounds like a good idea as the important offshore wind potential is still completely untapped in the United States. Meanwhile, the European Union… Continue reading Offshore WIND, not OIL

Worth an article – my May 2010 tweets

I have been committed since January 2007 to bring you each month a selection of the latest headlines and best researches on sustainable development, climate change and the world energy sector. But many more news are worth reading. This is why I use Twitter to share more news that are worth your time. I believe it… Continue reading Worth an article – my May 2010 tweets

A huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Isn’t life ironic ? A mere weeks after President Obama decided to embrace offshore drilling, the United States are facing one of the biggest – if not the biggest – oil spill in their history. After the explosion of  the BP drilling rig in the gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana the equivalent of hundred thousands… Continue reading A huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico