Tax breaks for riskiest oil drilling?

Posted by Richardg — 27 May 2011 at 5:45pm - Comments

There’s a dangerous storm brewing in the North Sea. But this is no natural disaster - it’s been whipped up by oil and gas companies lobbying for a major tax cut.

In the Budget, the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced a fuel duty stabiliser. When oil prices were high – over $75 a barrel to be precise – he’d cut taxes on motoring, and tax oil companies instead. When oil prices dropped below $75 a barrel, he’d whack a tax on fuel, but give oil companies a break. 

Sneaky oil drillers - let's stop them

Posted by jamess — 4 February 2011 at 6:42pm - Comments
Hess' own projection of a possible spill. Terrifying.
by. Credit: Greenpeace
Hess' own projection of a possible spill. Terrifying.

The oil companies are at it again: they're trying to drill another deep water well off the Shetland Islands. Let's stop them.

We're out of the water, but it's not over

Posted by jamess — 29 September 2010 at 7:01pm - Comments

After a mammoth 50 hours in the water in front of their drill ship, following 100 hours on Chevron's anchor chain, the oil giant's lawyers have again stopped our protest.

Last night we received news over the ship's radio that Chevron had gained another injunction against us, preventing us from interfering in any way with their operation - otherwise face massive daily fines.

We pulled our last swimmers out of the water yesterday afternoon at about four, all of us exhausted after round-the-clock shifts to block the 228-metre Stena Carron from reaching its drill spot.

Swimming against drilling: day 3

Posted by jossc — 28 September 2010 at 1:15pm - Comments

Here's the latest video from Esperanza off the west of Shetland, as our swimmers continue their vigil to halt Chevron's giant drill ship, the Stena Carron. This phase of the action is now in its third day. We've been stopping the deepwater oil drillers for a week now.

We got your message in front of Chevron's drill ship

Posted by jamess — 27 September 2010 at 3:28pm - Comments

A few days ago we asked you – our supporters everywhere – to suggest a banner slogan for the pod. We received loads of great entries and in the end went for one we really liked by  Michele Westlake (aka @crazyladywriter) on Twitter. It says: "Don’t SpOIL our planet".

The only problem was, with Chevron’s lawyers forcing our pod down, we had to figure out somewhere else to put it. Well, smack bang in front of the 228-metre Stena Carron seemed like a good idea, so when we jumped in yesterday, we took the banner with us.

Video: Victor, one of our Chevron anchor legends

Posted by jamess — 27 September 2010 at 3:02pm - Comments

Watch this great video of Victor, who along with Anais, was the first to scale Chevron’s Stena Carron anchor chain and start the 100 hour occupation of the ship.

Going swimming to stop the drilling

Posted by jamess — 27 September 2010 at 10:11am - Comments

Wow. It’s still sinking in. It's not every day you get to jump in front of a moving ship and actually make it stop.

Last night – about fifteen minutes before I was turning in – I heard that Chevron's drill ship, the one that we'd been hanging off for over 100 hours, had started up its engines and was heading towards its deepwater drill site north of Shetland.

Chevron had earlier hit us with a legal injunction, which said that if we got on the ship – with the pod or anything else – we'd face massive daily fines that we couldn't justify using our supporters' money to pay.

But we still had to do something. So last night as news came in that the Stena Carron was moving, Ben – our lead campaigner on board – tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I was still up for going tomorrow.

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