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January 2011

BP oil spill report: Oil firms face big bills to raise safety standards

Companies from oil majors like BP and Exxon to minnow explorers will all have to pay more for insurance, spill prevention, better equipment and more thorough safety standards under new recommendations by the Oil Spill Commission. For example, they will need to demonstrate they have the technology to control an underwater blow-out before being given permits to drill

Oscar contenders, first timers & africa in palm springs fest spotlight

Brian Brooks - indieWIRE

Highlights from the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival emerged today, with the festival announcing titles competing in its sections spotlighting 12 directors making their narrative feature film debuts as well as ten first time doc filmmakers. The festival is also spotlighting 13 premieres from Africa and will continue its tradition of screening a majority of the films that have been submitted for Best Foreign Language consideration for the Oscars.

PSIFF will screen 40 of the 65 official submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Greens want 'economic treason' law

Aine Kerr - Irish Independent

THE Green Party wants to define "economic treason" in the Constitution to tackle white-collar crime, despite the phrase being commonly used to attack the Government.

The party wants to lay claim to the phrase used by its Senator Dan Boyle and provide for a tougher approach with white-collar crime and fraud.

British policeman infiltrated radical protest groups

Scott Millar - Irish Examiner

AN undercover British police officer who infiltrated a radical environmental movement encouraged illegal activity during protests opposing the controversial Shell Corrib pipe-line in north Mayo, an Irish Examiner investigation has revealed.

Environment and human rights code to be ratified soon, says Gormley

Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times

The Irish Times - Monday, January 10, 2011


Environment and human rights code to be ratified soon, says Gormley

LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent

THE GOVERNMENT is due to ratify a key international convention linking environmental and human rights which had been promised by the Green Party over three years ago.

Shell to Sea Solidarity action Ghent (Belgium)

A.K. GENT - Indymedia

6th of january


‘Twenty or more Corribs’ out there, says Shell boss

Keith Bourke - Western People

A SENIOR official from Shell Ireland told the second-in-command of a US delegation to Ireland that his company thought there may be "20 or more” offshore gas fields of the size of the Corrib gas development off the west coast of Ireland, according to a leaked diplomatic cable.

BP cost-cutting blamed for 'avoidable' Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Suzanne Goldenberg - The Guardian

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was an avoidable disaster caused in part by a series of cost-cutting decisions made by BP and its partners, the White House oil commission has concluded.

Oil conjures up every lazy stereotype of the ruthless multinational plundering our assets

Kevin Myers - Irish Independent

[Shell to Sea] Please be advised that the Irish Independent is controlled by Tony O Reilly, who also owns oil & gas exploration company Providence Resources.

Also that in 2007, Kevin Myers wrote regarding Shell to Sea campaigners that "Shell has been scandalously remiss in not employing someone to bump off a few of these fellows."

Why we should proudly wear our smiley face as we face into the next 12 months

Una Mullally - Sunday Tribune
Chin up, everyone. The era of those FFers is almost at an end, and we're rocking, rucking and helping each other out like never before. Una Mullally counts the reasons to be cheerful for 2011
[See reason 6: Plundering natural resources to make us rich beyond our wildest dreams]
1. A general election