British corporate grab at Falklands oil


This music video by the British punk band Crass is called Sheep farming in the Falklands. It is a protest against the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas war. The lyrics are here.

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.

Peru turned away a Royal Navy frigate on Tuesday in solidarity with Argentina over the escalating Falklands row.

Hundreds of oil-soaked rockhopper penguins have now been put into ‘rehab’ by Tristan Islanders facing a race against the clock to help save the endangered species: here.

Nightingale Island emergency appeal: here.

Shocking pictures of Tristan oil spill: here.

USA: Federal probe discovers why key device failed to stop BP 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.

13 thoughts on “British corporate grab at Falklands oil

  1. Deepwater wells get thumbs up

    UNITED STATES: Federal regulators put Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell one step closer to final approval today to drill three new exploratory deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that the project, 130 miles off the Louisiana coast, meets strict safety and environmental requirements.

    A moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf imposed after last year’s BP oil spill was lifted on October 12, but the government has only recently begun issuing permits again for previously suspended activities.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/102567

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  2. MoD parties with £26m ice-breaker

    Defence: The [British] Ministry of Defence is spending £26 million renting a ship from Norway, it confirmed today.

    The ice-breaker MV Polarbjorn, which is being renamed HMS Protector, will be commissioned into the Royal Navy fleet on June 23.

    The ship’s duties will include patrolling the waters around the Falkland Islands and South Atlantic and taking on the navy’s Antarctic mission.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/105323

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  3. Falklands oil firms face legal challenge

    ARGENTINA: The government announced at the weekend that it has begun legal proceedings against five British oil companies for “carrying out illegal operations” off the Falkland Islands.

    The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that agencies including the General Attorney’s Office and the AFIP tax agency “are co-ordinating legal and administrative strategies” against Argos Resources, Desire Petroleum, Falkland Oil and Gas and Rockhopper Exploration.

    “Legal cases against these five companies before the General Tax Directive and the General Customs Directive have been opened,” it said.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/117066

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