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Next: Oil Tanker Meth Labs?

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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Next: Oil Tanker Meth Labs?

10-30-07 by dugan     If you’d like to run a small meth lab on the open seas, away from national laws, ExxonMobil may have a high-paying job for you! That’s a reasonable intrpretation of the Supreme Court’s decision to accept Exxon’s appeal of its $2.5 billion in liability from the Exxon Valdez tanker crash […]

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BP Moves 'Beyond Problems'

Monday, October 29, 2007

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BP Moves 'Beyond Problems'

10-29-07 by Simpson First BP tried to position itself as Beyond Petroleum, though Bumbling Petroleum is more accurate. Now with cold cash — just pocket change to the oil giant  — BP is trying to put itself Beyond Problems.  Last week BP agreed to pay $373 million in federal fines and restitution. In the largest […]

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BP Says 'Breathe This'

Monday, October 22, 2007

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BP Says 'Breathe This'

10-22-07 by dugan   Either no one at BP’s big Carson, CA refinery has seen a TV for two days or its management just doesn’t give a damn about what the neighbors breathe. With Southern California inhaling a pall of smoke from dozens of uncontrollable wildfires, BP today announced  it would start "flaring off" tons […]

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BP Keeps on Bumbling

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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BP Keeps on Bumbling

09-26-07 by dugan   Lots of folks have sent along a Financial Times report that BP’s CEO sees its third-quarter performance as "dreadful." (Here’s a later recap from the Guardian, with updates).  BP CEO Tony Hayward tried to blame some of the bad outlook on lower refining profits, but other analysts say in a CNN […]

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FTC Falls on Its Sword

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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FTC Falls on Its Sword

The guys (yeah, it’s mostly guys) at the Western Weights and Measures Association conference here in Tahoe are serious about their math, but they have a great sense of humor. Lately the joke is on the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC’s scientifically illiterate "opinion" issued last week on the hot fuel issue described mere "tablespoons" […]

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Exxon's Good Supply of Lawyers

Thursday, August 23, 2007

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Exxon's Good Supply of Lawyers

08-23-07 by dugan ExxonMobil is quick to raise gasoline prices whenever "supplies are short." But its ability to go slow is phenomenal when it comes to big lawsuits. Exxon’s army of lawyers has spent more than a decade delaying and denying a damage award over the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker accident that fouled Alaskan waters […]

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Chevron 'Didn't Just Dial 911'

Thursday, August 16, 2007

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Chevron 'Didn't Just Dial 911'

08-16-07 by dugan   Chevron’s chief tactic against foreign environmental and human rights lawsuits is scorched-earth denial, but it lately it hasn’t been working.   A federal judge in San Francisco ruled Tuesday  that Nigerian villagers can go to trial in the U.S. on charges that Chevron is responsible for Nigerian military attacks in 1998 […]

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What Would Tesoro Do?

Monday, June 4, 2007

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What Would Tesoro Do?

06-04-07 by dugan Wow. A refiner makes a business decision that also benefits consumers. Pop the Champagne! The LA Times reports today on the decision by Tesoro Corp., a Texas-based refining company, to modernize and expand its newly acquired Southern California refinery by 20%.  In purchasing the giant Wilmington refinery from Shell, Tesoro instantly became […]

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Humbled? Don't take the money

Thursday, April 12, 2007

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Humbled? Don't take the money

By Simpson4-12-2007 It’s not just consumers who are outraged by Big Oil CEO compensation. Disgruntled BP shareholders said a planned payment of an estimated £72 million — $124.5 million — to outgoing chief executive John Browne is unjustified. One called it "vulgar." Peter Sutherland,  BP’s "nonexecutive" chairman of the board, told the annualmeeting that the […]

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Chevron's 'Jungle Law'

Friday, April 6, 2007

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Chevron's 'Jungle Law'

  William Langewiesche, the lyricist of disaster, has the cover story of the May Vanity Fair with "Jungle Law," on Chevron’s trial in Ecuador. It’s a $6 billion tale of blood, oil and the persistence of Ecuadorean peasants that’s finally getting the telling it deserves.  Langewiesche, author of the definitive Ground Zero tale, "American Ground," and the […]

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