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24 May 2017

Tory oil spoils v poisonous air

Six oil company bosses have donated a total of 391,300 to the Tory party since Theresa May became prime minister - and Britain's place in the air pollution rankings is shameful

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11 May 2016

Blair played matchmaker between Saudi oil barons and Chinese dictators

Former prime minister Tony Blair played matchmaker with the Chinese dictatorship for Saudi royalty's oil concerns.

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10 July 2013

Them & Us

Child benefit: Before MPs collect an anticipated 10,000 a year pay rise, our hard pressed politicians have been forced to claim expenses on their children

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Piper-Alpha disaster - cartoon by Alan Hardman

Piper-Alpha disaster - cartoon by Alan Hardman

10 July 2013

Piper Alpha: The price of profit -167 workers' lives

Twenty five years ago, on 6 July 1988, the Piper Alpha North Sea oil platform was destroyed by a massive explosion and fire which killed 167 workers, writes Philip Stott, Socialist Party Scotland.

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28 June 2012

Oil Refinery workers protest

There was a huge tail back of traffic outside the Esso Oil Refinery at Fawley in Hampshire this morning (27 June) where Unite staged a protest in defence of the NAECI/Blue Book agreement on wages and conditions

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29 February 2012

Oil tanker drivers being balloted for strike

Voting will begin next week in a strike ballot of over 2,000 drivers who work for seven major fuel distribution firms, has announced Unite the union

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13 April 2011

News of the World admits it

The News of the World has finally admitted what the whole world knew - that phone hacking was far more widespread within that organisation than had been uncovered by the first police investigation, writes Ken Douglas.

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12 January 2011

'Big Oil' cuts corners on safety to boost profits

A PRELIMINARY report by the US National Commission (set up by president Barack Obama following the fatal Deepwater horizon oil rig blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico last April) has accused three companies - BP, Transocean and Halliburton - of cutting corners over safety in order to cut costs ie to boos...

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22 September 2010

Fast news

Big oil failure: NOTWITHSTANDING THE oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, which followed a fatal explosion on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig in April, the UK government has refused to impose a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the North Sea...

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30 June 2010

Fast news

Oil plans: WITH BP's oil spill disaster continuing to pollute the Gulf of Mexico, executives of the big five oil companies - BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell - recently appeared in front of a US Congressional hearing to defend their oil spill response plans...

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9 June 2010

Oil spill shows hazards of the profit system

IT IS still difficult to assess the scale of the disaster that followed the explosion on the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on 22 April, which killed eleven workers, writes Pete Dickenson.

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9 June 2010

Bhopal - little justice 25 years on

THE DEEPWATER Horizon disaster provoked condemnation from Barack Obama who accused it of "nickel and diming" Louisiana residents while paying out billions of dollars to BP shareholders, writes Ken Douglas.

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Extent of surface oil slick on May 24 2010, photo NASA

Extent of surface oil slick on May 24 2010, photo NASA

2 June 2010

Oil spill is 'worst environmental disaster' to hit US

THE OIL spill in the Gulf of Mexico following the fatal explosion on the BP leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig has exceeded the Exxon Valdez catastrophe of 1989, when eleven million gallons of crude oil devastated the pristine Alaskan coastline...

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Gulf of Mexico oil spill spirals towards New Orleans, photo NASA Earth Observatory image

Gulf of Mexico oil spill spirals towards New Orleans, photo NASA Earth Observatory image

12 May 2010

Gulf of Mexico disaster: nationalise the oil giants

AFTER THE explosion which sank the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, causing eleven deaths and threatening an environmental catastrophe, many people must be wondering what is to be done with the oil companies - not least the relatives of the workers killed in the explosion, writes Pete Mason.

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Oil slick (right) from the Deepwater Horizon disaster heads towards the US Mississippi Delta coastline (left) , photo NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team

Oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon disaster (right)

5 May 2010

Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster: Stop the polluters!

AN ENVIRONMENTAL catastrophe threatens the US coastline surrounding the Gulf of Mexico following an explosion and sinking of the BP leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig on 20 April.
As 240,000 gallons of oil each day gushes out of the destroyed oil well and with no immediate prospect of capping three major leaks, then the environmental and economic effects in the region will be severe and long lasting...

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18 February 2009

Meeting on Lindsey oil refinery dispute: Workers strike back

Around 200 people attended a joint meeting in London on 13 February, organised by the Socialist Party and Respect, to discuss the lessons of the Lindsey oil refinery strike...

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14 February 2009

Video: the Lindsey oil refinery strike

Keith Gibson and Jerry Hicks speak

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29 October 2008

BP - swimming in oil profits

OIL GIANT BP sparked widespread anger when it announced a record profit of 6.4 billion for the third quarter of 2008...

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25 June 2008

Summit fails to halt runaway oil prices

GORDON BROWN can add last week's Jeddah oil summit to his ever-growing list of policy failures. The Saudi Arabia-held conference was supposed to see Britain's hapless prime minister persuade the oil producing OPEC countries to significantly increase...

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