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 […]

Activists march against oil drilling in New Zealand

Hundreds of people marched through central Auckland today to protest against deep sea oil drilling in New Zealand waters. They made their way to SkyCity where the New Zealand Petroleum Summit is being held this week and were opposing potential exploration by Norwegian oil giant Statoil – which is partly sponsoring the event. Activists were […]

Free Greenpeace activists head home from Russia

Five British Greenpeace campaigners and one Canadian, part of the so-called ‘Arctic 30′, left Russia this morning, a hundred days after they were seized by Russian forces (pictured) during a protest against Arctic oil drilling. They were granted amnesty after being charged for hooliganism when 30 protestors approached the Prirazlomnoye oil platform owned by Russian […]

Ecuador parliament approves rainforest oil drilling

Ecuador’s parliament gave the go ahead for oil drilling in the nation’s prized rainforest this week. Members of Ecuador’s National Assembly voted on whether to allow drilling, with 108 in favour of drilling in the “national interest”. President Rafael Correa has been adamant drilling will be no greater than one-thousandth of the current surface of […]

Red card for Gazprom’s Arctic plans at football match

Four Greenpeace activists abseiled from the roof of a football stadium (pictured) in Switzerland earlier this week in protest against Gazprom’s plans to drill in the Arctic. The intervention during the match between FC Basel and Schalke at St. Jakob-Park stadium was meant to be a “symbolic” red penalty card for Gazprom – the Russian […]