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  • What does it take to run a successful, modern oil company?

    You'd be forgiven for thinking it's just drills, pipelines, and lawyers. But there's an even more crucial element - the trust and approval of people like you and me.

    One way of building this trust is to actually avoid drilling in extremely deep water, or stop risking the fragile Arctic ocean with giant rigs.

    Alternatively, you can sponsor museums and sporting events to improve your image without making any real changes at all.

    You might have guessed which one they chose.

    Exxon sponsors the Bislett Games in Oslo, where our polar bears and activists have been in action this week. Read more >

    • Gazprom spends an estimated $45m each year to get its logo plastered over the UEFA Champions League
    • BP has signed a multi-million dollar deal to s...
  • Anadarko court case lost, but cowboys exposed

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 13, 2014 at 14:57

    After the protests at sea against the Brazilian oil giant Petrobras’ deep sea drilling exploits off the East Cape were so successful, the National Government made certain aspects of protest at sea illegal with the Anadarko Amendment to clear the way for the Texan oil giant Anadarko to have a crack.

    We then showed how catastrophic a deep sea drilling blowout could be, and headed out to sea again with the Oil Free Seas Flotilla to confront Anadarko’s drillship for four days and nights at the deep sea drill-site West of Raglan.

    And thousands of you then turned out for the Banners on the Beach protest against deep sea drilling.

    But despite all the risks, and the obvious public opposition they drilled anyway (and found nothing).

    We then asked you, our supporters, to help fund a High Cou... Read more >

  • I often sit at my desk imagining that I am an alien. Bear with me. I am not totally insane. I just think it would be interesting to land on this little blue and green planet for the first time, and see the world that we so often take for granted with a fresh pair of eyes. I reckon if we did this more often we might realise quite how precious what we have is.

    So when a scientific report like this one lands in my inbox, I tend to read it with wide eyed wonder. This report by a group of international scientists assesses the 'ecological or biological significance' of the Arctic. And their conclusion (and I paraphrase) is that it is officially AWESOME! The case for Arctic protection is now stronger and clearer than ever and this is a really important milestone for the campaign.

    It's a chunky r... Read more >

  • Our Arctic Sunrise is coming home

    Blogpost by Ben Ayliffe - June 7, 2014 at 11:34

    Arctic Sunrise, Free at Last

    Last night we had a remarkable phone call from Murmansk.

    It was from the team of lawyers representing Greenpeace International telling us that the Russian Investigative Committee (IC) had decided to release the Arctic Sunrise, after nearly nine months of illegal detention in this remote Arctic port.

    The Arctic Sunrise was illegally seized at gunpoint in international waters by Russian commandos last September after a peaceful protest at Gazprom's Prirazlomnaya Arctic oil platform in the Pechora Sea. The 28 activists and two freelance journalists onboard were kept for months in jail on spurious charges of piracy and then hooliganism, before finally being granted a Parliamentary amnesty at the end of December last year.

    The ship got no such amnesty. Instead she has been left unattended a... Read more >

  • So John Banks has been found guilty of electoral fraud, of knowingly filing a false electoral return to hide large donations. Yet despite apparently breaking our laws, he will continue to make them, in likelihood remaining in Parliament until it rises in July for the election runup. The response by John Key and the National Government escalates a worrying trend of blatant disregard for democratic integrity. And this don’t care attitude is having a direct impact on our land and oceans, and our right to stand up for them.

    Banks’ career as the sole representative of the Act party has been chequered with accusations of cronyism and corruption, from the ‘teapot tapes’ meeting with Key prior to the 2011 election, to his deciding vote on Skycity deals after receiving large donations from them. Read more >