From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
British eye up Malvinas oil
Tuesday 22 March 2011
British transnational Rockhopper announced on Monday that it has discovered a commercially viable deposit of crude oil in the Malvinas, or Falkland Islands.
Rockhopper Exploration PLC reported a “significant reservoir package” at its Sea Lion prospect.
But exploration of the waters around the islands remains controversial amid a long-running dispute between Britain and Argentina over sovereignty.
When the company first reported its oil find at Sea Lion last May, Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner’s administration warned that the oil-drilling operation violated international laws and treaties as well as UN resolutions urging neither side to take unilateral actions that could aggravate the situation.
The Argentinian Foreign Ministry responded to Rockhopper’s announcement by stating that the government would “continue condemning this British illegal action before the international courts.”
Argentina has issued a decree obliging ships using Argentinian ports to seek a permit if they enter or leave British-controlled waters. Britain has told ship captains to ignore the restrictions.
What a shame that this corporation that will now maybe cause pollution, like BP, and maybe another oil war, is called after rockhopper penguins, a threatened species. Right now, those birds are threatened by an oil spill near the Tristan da Cunha archipelago. See also here.
Peru turned away a Royal Navy frigate on Tuesday in solidarity with Argentina over the escalating Falklands row.
Shocking pictures of Tristan oil spill: here.
BP Sustainability Report Withholds Spill Data: here.
Whale and dolphin deaths 50 times worse than admitted after Deepwater oil spill: here.
There now appear to be THREE separate incidents in the Gulf: here.