Government grilled over oil drilling decision

Surrey County Council branded the decision as “disappointing”

Greenpeace loses oil case against government

The environmental group challenged the government’s decision to grant an oil field permit to BP in 2018

Which are the top 5 oil-producing countries in the world?

This week, the ELN top 5 series looks at the five largest oil producers in the world

Trump administration’s Arctic drilling auction ‘secures lower bidding interest than expected’

Several environmental organisations opposed oil and gas drilling on the Arctic Refuge as it would threaten wildlife and worsen climate change

Russia drills new Arctic oil well

Russia’s state-owned oil company has started drilling a new well on the Russian Arctic shelf. Rosneft’s Tsentralno-Olginskaya-1 well is part of the Khatangsky license area at the northernmost point of the region. President of Russia Vladimir Putin launched exploration drilling via video link with Rosneft Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin, who was on the shore […]

MEPs vote to ban oil drilling in Arctic

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are calling for measures to protect the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem and ban oil drilling. They pointed out the Arctic has been warming “twice as fast as the global average” and sea ice has been shrinking “significantly” since 1981. They say a ban should be placed on oil drilling in […]

Obama blocks oil and gas drilling in Arctic Ocean

President Barack Obama’s Administration has banned new offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The new ruling by the Department of Interior will run from 2017 to 2022 and aims to protect the “fragile and unique Arctic ecosystem” as it is a region that would face “significant risks”. Drilling will not be allowed in the Chukchi […]

Environmental groups sue Norway over Arctic oil drilling

Greenpeace is taking legal action against the Norwegian Government for allowing oil companies to drill in the Arctic. The environmental group, alongside Nature and Youth, stated in the lawsuit that Norway has violated the Paris Agreement and the people’s constitutional right to a healthy and safe environment for future generations. Earlier this year, the Norwegian Ministry of […]

Obama bans oil drilling in Atlantic waters

The Obama administration won’t allow oil and gas drilling in Atlantic waters. The announcement from the US Department of the Interior bars drilling across the length of the mid and south Atlantic. It stated the decision follows “significant potential conflicts” with other ocean uses such as the Department of Defense, commercial interests, current market dynamics, limited […]

Emma Thompson: Governments too easily persuaded by big businesses and oil

British Actress Emma Thompson said “governments are too easily persuaded by big businesses and oil” at an anti-drilling protest yesterday. The action, organised by Greenpeace, took place outside Shell’s headquarters in central London against the US Government‘s decision to let Shell drill for oil in the Arctic. Ms Thompson said she does not support the oil giant drilling in a […]