BP oil spill scandal still continues

This 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

BP Oil Spill 5 Years Later: Wildlife Still Suffering | msnbc

Ed Schultz continues his investigation into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill five years on, as it continues to wreak havoc on the Gulf Coast.

Now, it is nine years later.

From the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in the USA:

Continuing impacts of Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Findings reveal that restoration of marsh vegetation is key to overall recovery

April 19, 2019

Nine years ago tomorrow — April 20, 2010 — crude oil began leaking from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig into the Gulf of Mexico in what turned out to be the largest marine oil spill in history. A long-term study suggests the oil is still affecting the salt marshes of the Gulf Coast, and reveals the key role that marsh grasses play in the overall recovery of these important coastal wetlands.

Conducting the study was a multi-institutional research team funded in part by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, a 10-year independent program established through a $500 million financial commitment from BP. The team began sampling soon after the spill was finally contained, and continue their work today. Their most-recent article — in Estuaries and Coasts — reports on the first six and a half years of sampling post-spill.

Lead author on the study is John Fleeger, an emeritus professor at LSU. Co-authors are Rita Riggio, Irving Mendelssohn, Qianxin Lin, and Aixin Hou of LSU; David Johnson of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science; Donald Deis of Atkins North America; Kevin Carman of the University of Nevada-Reno; Sean Graham of Nicholls State University; and Scott Zengel of Research Planning, Inc.

Johnson, an assistant professor at VIMS and expert in salt marsh invertebrates, says “Our study highlights the crucial role that plants play in the recovery of important links in the Gulf of Mexico’s coastal food web.” Those links ultimately connect to the fish and shellfish that support the region’s economy and culture.

Two plants dominate healthy Gulf Coast salt marshes — the smooth cordgrass Spartina alterniflora and the black needlerush Juncus roemerianus. Also abundant on the marsh surface are single-celled, plant-like organisms that scientists collectively refer to as benthic microalgae, while a suite of small invertebrates — amphipods, copepods, nematodes, snails, worms, and others — swim, hop, and crawl among the grass blades or burrow in the underlying root zone.

The team studied these organisms by measuring their abundance and biomass in heavily oiled, moderately oiled, and oil-free areas of Louisiana’s Barataria Bay, using both surface plots and shallow cores. Sampling took place at roughly 6-month intervals between 2011 and 2016.

The researchers’ early sampling showed that nearly all the plants in heavily oiled areas died, while benthic microalgae and burrowing invertebrates suffered significant reductions. Their later sampling showed that marsh recovery was led by benthic microalgae and Spartina — which began to show significant above-ground growth within two to three years.

Importantly, it was only after Spartina started its comeback that recovery of the invertebrate community began in earnest. “Plants are the foundation of salt marshes,” explains Johnson. “Marsh grasses facilitate colonization by burrowing invertebrates; fuel the food web, provide animal habitat, bind the soil, and slow water flow. Without plants there is no marsh, and there is no marsh recovery following a spill without plants leading the way.”

If you plant it, they will come

The team’s findings have important implications for responding to any future spills. Fleeger says “our findings indicate that mitigation strategies for any future spills should include the planting of foundation species such as Spartina.”

Mendelssohn, a VIMS alumnus (M.A. ’73), says that foundation species “enhance recovery by providing habitat and reducing sediment erosion.” Over the longer term, he says, “plant growth enhances recovery by improving soil quality. Plants generate organic matter that accumulates belowground, while their roots and rhizomes release oxygen, bind sediments, and increase sediment volume. Breakdown of plant tissues also provides nutrients that further stimulate plant growth and beneficial microbial processes in the marsh.”

A slow road to full recovery

Tempering the promise of marsh recovery via planting of grasses such as Spartina is the team’s discovery that heavily oiled marsh sites remained less healthy than moderately oiled and oil-free sites more than 6 years after the Deepwater Horizon spill. Heavily oiled sites still had elevated concentrations of oil and its breakdown products, and showed slower growth of black needlerush, lower production of plant detritus and below-ground organic matter, and altered soil density. Populations of worms, juvenile snails, and other small invertebrates had also failed to fully recover.

Particularly troubling was the continued rarity of the polychaete worm Manayunkia aestuarina. One of the most abundant single species in the invertebrate community, this tube dweller is important to the health of marsh sediments, and plays a key role in the marsh food web as a major prey item for crabs, shrimp, and fish. “The near absence of this species could indicate significant alteration of ecological function at heavily oiled sites,” says Johnson.

Also troubling is that projecting the observed pace of mash recovery into the future suggests that complete recovery at moderately and heavily oiled sites will likely take much longer than a decade. This is slower than reported in many previous studies of oil spills and their impacts on the marsh community.

“Previous work shows that oil spills in salt marshes can impact bottom-dwelling invertebrates for more than four decades,” says Fleeger. “Long-term exposure to oil and its breakdown products may also decrease the sensitivity and resilience of these organisms to future spills,” he adds.

On a brighter note, a previous study by Johnson and colleagues suggests that fertilization of Spartina plantings can enhance growth of both its stems and roots, thus aiding marsh recovery in the long term. “We’re starting to see the salt marsh in the Gulf of Mexico rebound,” says Johnson, “but it will likely be a decade or more before we see complete recovery.”

Greenpeace activists blockade BP’s London headquarters ahead of its AGM: here.

BP oil spill gives women PTSD

This 11 February 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

What Are We Doing to Prepare for the Next Big Oil Spill?

Unfortunately it’s only a matter of time before we’re faced with the next oil spill disaster. That’s why first-response teams like the Oiled Wildlife Care Network focus on what we can learn from past spills, and evaluate long-term impacts of oil and chemical dispersants on animals and ecosystems.

From the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in the USA:

Continued PTSD in women exposed to Deepwater horizon oil spill

March 25, 2019

Summary: A study reports that women exposed to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (BP) Oil Spill continue to experience symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Less than half reported receiving past-year mental health treatment despite the high levels of PTSD symptoms, which suggests that many affected women may not be receiving needed mental health care.

A study led by LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health reports that women exposed to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (BP) Oil Spill continue to experience symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The results are published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, now available online.

“This is the first investigation reporting trauma and PTSD in our Louisiana cohort, with findings suggesting that women in this study report notably high levels of trauma as well as a high prevalence of probable PTSD,” notes study senior author Edward Peters, DMD, SM, SM, ScD, Professor and Program Director of Epidemiology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health. “Unfortunately, less than half reported receiving past-year mental health treatment despite the high levels of PTSD symptoms, which suggests that many affected women may not be receiving needed mental health care.”

The research team, which also included researchers from Brown University, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, studied 1,997 women from seven coastal Louisiana parishes affected by the spill (Orleans, St. Bernard, Jefferson, Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne and St. Mary) who were enrolled in the Women and Their Children’s Health (WaTCH) Study. The researchers sought to better understand post-disaster symptomatology, particularly women’s mental health. They found five distinct types of PTSD symptoms — low, moderate without mood alterations, moderate with mood alterations, severe without risk-taking, and severe with risk-taking.

Findings also include:

  • Women with a low-symptom profile had fewer traumas and socioeconomic risk factors.
  • Women with severe PTSD symptoms had more traumas and socioeconomic risk factors.
  • Most women with severe PTSD symptoms had no prior PTSD diagnosis.

The researchers’ analysis reveals that a sizable number of women in WaTCH study communities suffer from PTSD symptoms, with roughly 13% of their sample meeting or exceeding the score threshold for probable PTSD on the PTSD Checklist, and even more women reporting subthreshold levels of PTSD symptoms.

“Our study continues to observe that women in southeast Louisiana have a high burden of mental health disorders,” adds Dr. Peters. “In addition to the current study, earlier publications by our team have also observed high levels of depression and mental distress in this population.”

The authors conclude that addressing mental health and access to mental health care is important in the population highly affected by the BP Oil Spill. This population also experienced other disasters, including Hurricane Katrina. With a rising number of disasters, those living in southeastern coastal Louisiana, a particularly vulnerable region of the United States, are at higher risk for PTSD and other mental health disorders.

The authors report that the study was limited by use of self-reported data and one-time assessment of PTSD symptoms.

USA: ILHAN OMAR SHARES ‘TRAUMA’ OF WAR AFTER PTSD DISMISSED Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who fled war in Somalia as a child, is speaking out about the trauma of war for civilians ― and challenging the notion that post-traumatic stress disorder is an issue that only soldiers face. Omar was responding to Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), who dismissed her mention of her own PTSD as “offensive” to military veterans. [HuffPost]

BP oil disaster poisoned oysters

This 7 June 2010 video from the USA says about itself:

BP Oil Hits Barataria Oyster Fishing Grounds

An interview with Rosina Philippe, of the near extinct Atakapa-Ishak tribe. The 10 or so families make their living on the oyster grounds in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. These grounds have now been inundated with oil from the BP oil spill, though disaster is more like it. More information can be found here and here.

From the Morris Animal Foundation in the USA:

Study shows toxic effects of oil dispersant on oysters following Deepwater Horizon spill

September 13, 2018

Oysters likely suffered toxic effects from the oil dispersant Corexit® 9500 when it was used to clean up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, said Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at the University of Connecticut. The team determined this by comparing the low levels of toxicity of oil, the dispersant and a mixture of the two on Eastern oysters. The team published their findings in the journal Aquatic Toxicology.

After the Deepwater Horizon oil rig spilled more than 170 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, nearly two million gallons of Corexit® 9500 was deployed into the Gulf to break the oil down.

“There’s an unfortunate trade-off to using dispersants like this,” said Lindsay Jasperse, a member of the university’s research team that published the study. “They may prevent giant oil spills from washing ashore and damaging wetlands, but they also cause negative effects for species below the ocean’s surface that might have been spared if dispersants weren’t used.”

Oysters are considered a keystone species due their value to their ecosystem. Primarily, they serve as water purifiers, filtering out particles and nutrients from the water to improve the quality for surrounding species. Oyster reefs also prevent erosion and provide habitat and protection for many crabs and fish. Unfortunately, as they are immobile and so abundant, they are at a significant risk for critical exposure to oil and oil dispersants following environmental disasters.

Researchers compared, in a controlled environment, the toxicity of oil alone, the dispersant alone and a mixture of the two on oysters. The researchers tested both the oysters’ feeding rates, or how well they could filter algae, and immune functions, or how well they could absorb and destroy bacteria, which indicates an oyster’s ability to fight off infection. A reduction in an oyster’s feeding rates could result in stunted growth or even death. If an oyster’s immune system is compromised, it can be more likely to succumb to infection.

For the oysters’ immune function, the dispersant alone was the most toxic, followed by the dispersant and oil mixture. Oil alone did not impact the oysters’ immune function at all. Researchers tested the oysters’ feeding rates and found the mixture of the dispersant and oil had the most toxic effect, followed by oil alone and then the dispersant alone.

“Knowing the effects dispersants and oil have on oysters can help us make better mitigation recommendations the next time an environmental and ecological crisis like this happens,” said Dr. Kelly Diehl, Morris Animal Foundation Interim Vice President of Scientific Programs. “Species are interconnected, and what harms oysters will likely cascade through their ecosystem to the detriment of all.”

British censorship of BP oil critics

This video from London, England says about itself:

13 September 2015

Los Perros Romanticos play their first gig at the British Museum as part of the Art Not Oil protest against the BP sponsorship of cultural establishments.

See here.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

‘Alarming’ emails expose uni attempts to silence BP critics

Thursday 14th December 2017

DAMNING emails reveal that the University of Hull sought to clamp down on criticism of BP in its murky deal with the oil giant.

During a season of lectures at the university, sponsored by BP as part of the Hull’s City of Culture events, the university approached the corporation, asking “whether it wants us to get rid of” critical comments made about it on its social media.

A freedom of information request, made by research group Culture Unstained, shows that the university’s press officer was being wary about comments made during a live Facebook stream of the first BP Cultural Visions lecture earlier this year.

While it is not mentioned in the emails, Culture Sustained said police attended the next lecture with no apparent cause for them having been called.

When BP head of arts and culture urged staff at the City of Culture to create a special briefing for speakers on how to deal with “awkward questions” about the sponsorship, staff said it could ensure that it would hear from the audience “as long as it’s not the activist.”

Following one lecture featuring BP vice president Peter Mather, the director of Hull City of Culture Martin Green appeared to close down a question about the company’s record on climate change.

The revelations preceded last night’s final lecture, delivered by Ian Blatchford, the director of the Science Museum an organisation which has faced controversy over its own sponsorship deal with BP.

For several years, campaigners have been lobbying against the British Museum’s dirty dealings with BP as it continues to renew its sponsorship despite BP being linked to climate change and human rights abuses.

Culture Unstained co-director Chris Garrard said: “While BP’s cynical PR strategy is no surprise, the willingness of a university to go along with the company’s agenda is alarming.

“An independent research institution should not be offering to protect a corporate criminal with a dire environmental record from legitimate scrutiny by the public.”

In the past, questions have also been raised about possible BP surveillance of peaceful activists and, in the emails acquired by Culture Unstained, a specific reference is made to BP “intelligence on activists”.

Last year, Art Not Oil published a report exposing how the BP security team hosted meetings with senior staff from museums and galleries it sponsors in order to contain criticisms from peaceful arts activists.

Despite attempts made by the Star, the University of Hull was not reachable for comment.

BP oil polluters, bad British Museum sponsors

This video from London, England says about itself:

Fake “BP staff” greet journalists at British Museum press launch

4 September 2017

BP staff were being surprisingly honest about why the company is sponsoring the British Museum’s new Scythians exhibition at its press launch this week. Or maybe they weren’t really from BP at all…?

Full story here.

Read how the Times reported – and then censored – the performance here.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Preacher Billy turns fires of hell against ‘devil’ BP at museum

Monday 30th October 2017

GREEN campaigners launched a protest at the weekend at the British Museum against “diabolical” BP’s sponsorship of an exhibition.

More than 50 people dressed in black with their hands painted gold staged their protest, accusing the museum of covering up BP’s role in environmental disasters across the world.

US activist “the Reverend” Billy Talen joined anti-capitalist group Stop Shopping Choir as well as members of the “actor-vist” theatre collective BP or Not BP. The protesters accused BP of hypocrisy by supporting the museum’s showpiece exhibition Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia when the firm endangers the very culture and archaeology it claims to support by contributing to global warming.

They claimed global warming was causing the melting of the Siberian perma­frost, and that archaeologists have warned of “a race against time” to save the preserved Scythian culture before permanent damage is done. “The Reverend” performed a sermon in the museum while performers wrapped in black bin bags mimicked sculptures and statues with their bodies.

He asked: “What do you call this?

The fossil fuel companies and their speculators destroy our access to history while sponsoring its prestigious exhibition, and while directly endangering our future.

“It’s beyond ironical: It’s diabolical. BP is the devil.”

The performers then used the black bags to represent a sea of black oil flowing out of the museum entrance as the choir sang in protest.

BP or Not BP theatre troupe activist Olivia Anthony said the performance protest was staged to expose the impact of BP’s actions around the world from its contribution to global warming melting the Siberian permafrost to oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.

“These toxic injustices should not be ignored but in accepting a sponsorship deal with BP, the British Museum has done exactly that and is helping to cover them up,” she said.

Saturday’s protest was the latest action in an ongoing campaign against oil firms sponsoring the arts.

The British Museum had not responded to the Star’s request for comment at time of going to press.

BP polluters, bad British Museum sponsors

This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Blackout Shell

9 December 2016

This statement accompanied the video that was shared with the audience at the Engaged Art Fair on Saturday 3rd of December at de Balie, Amsterdam:

“Which is a greater crime: the befouling of Art or the destruction of Life?

The Van Gogh Museum —like many others— takes the dirtiest money in the world to fuel its activities: oil money. With this, Royal Dutch Shell is ‘artwashing’ its image.

The ‘collateral damage’ of the oil business is: deaths, spills, wars and the injustice of the climate catastrophe. Such extreme situations call for extreme responses. Today we are blacking out Van Gogh’s Sunflowers because art sponsored by oil is not worth seeing. This is also collateral damage.”

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers were not really blacked out, only symbolically as part of a protest theatre play.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

Protesters target British Museum over dirty BP deal

Monday 15th May 2017

CAMPAIGNERS led an “oily” protest in London yesterday against the British Museum’s sordid links with oil giant BP.

About 40 performers at the British Museum highlighted taxpayers’ expense in paying for BP’s sponsorship of the museum.

An “oily mob” performed theatre and song in glitzy costumes to raise awareness of the planet-destroying multinational’s ties with museums and galleries in Britain and abroad.

The performance by campaign groups Art Not Oil and BP or Not BP? was part of a fortnight of action calling on public institutions to cut their links to fossil fuels.

It took place days after creative protests at the Louvre in Paris, which is sponsored by the oil and gas multinational Total, and at the Shell-sponsored Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Chris Garrard from BP or Not BP? told the Star that taxpayers in Britain pay £110 million a year to fund cultural institutions such as Tate, the Royal Opera House and the National Portrait Gallery as well as the British Museum.

But BP pays a paltry £2 million a year — yet received government subsidies to the tune of £210m in 2015.

Mr Garrard described its British Museum sponsorship as a “deception.”

He added that what BP was doing was “being seen to be generous.”

“It makes a song and dance about sponsorship — but it actually is a drain. We could be using [government subsidies to BP to fund arts. The British Museum are trying to keep the figures hidden from the public.”

Signs exposing these sums were confiscated by museum security staff. And, bizarrely, several glittery bow ties and waistcoats were also taken away.

The group was expecting to host Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? — a rigged “gameshow” in which BP wins every time — inside the museum. They managed to perform some of it, as well as some songs and dances.

Mr Garrard said that BP recently signed a new deal with the museum for five more years and that the director did so without consulting trustees.

Using literary quotes to make points in its manifesto, BP or Not BP? describes the oil multinational as “the harlot’s cheek, beautified with sponsoring art.”

It added: “BP is conspiring to distract us from the naked truth of climate change, and by pursuing a future powered by more and more extreme fossil fuels, like tar sands, deep-water drilling and Arctic exploitation.”

Save Amazon reef from BP and Total

This 7 January 2017 video is about a unique beautiful ecosystem recently discovered in Brazil: the Amazon reef, where the Amazon river flows into the Atlantic ocean. Mangrove and coral reefs are home there to many vulnerable animal species.

Now, in a few months’ time BP and Total want to drill oil there, threatening this ecosystem.

Greenpeace is waging opposition to that.

A petition to defend the Amazon reef is here.

A SEA of inflatable marine creatures descended outside BP’s international headquarters in London yesterday to protest against a “catastrophic” drilling project near a newly discovered South American reef. Greenpeace activists marched along The Mall and past Trafalgar Square holding placards reading: “BP, Back off the Amazon reef” before arriving at the oil giant’s headquarters: here.

BP’s unsafe refineries

This 1 November 2013 video says about itself:

Profit Pollution and Deception: BP and the Oil Spill. BBC Documentary

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the BP oil disaster, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the Macondo blowout) began on 20 April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect. It claimed eleven lives and is considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, an estimated 8% to 31% larger in volume than the previously largest, the Ixtoc I oil spill. Following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, a sea-floor oil gusher flowed for 87 days, until it was capped on 15 July 2010. The total discharge has been estimated at 4.9 million barrels (210 million US gal; 780,000 m3).

From Reuters new agency:

Tue Dec 13, 2016 | 10:39pm IST

Slack management exposed BP to high safety risk – leaked report

By Ron Bousso | LONDON

BP‘s refining operations are exposed to high safety risks that can lead to deadly accidents and pollution as a result of slack management and a lack of investment, according to a leaked internal report from 2015.

The report, co-authored by BP, IBM and industry consultancy WorleyParsons, states that the British company’s refining and petrochemical business, known as downstream, is trailing rivals such as Royal Dutch Shell by up to seven years in managing information to reduce safety risks and financial losses.

“Inadequate management and use of engineering information has been a root cause or contributing factor” in 15 percent of 500 high-risk incidents reviewed in the report, which was provided by Greenpeace.

BP has strived to improve its safety record since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico where 11 people were killed and which led to the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. …

The most significant incident recorded by the authors occurred in January 2014 at the 413,500 barrels per day (bpd) Whiting, Indiana refinery which cost BP $258 million in lost production. The incident at the gasoil hydrotreater unit, which removes sulphur from oil, was due to “multiple deficiencies in engineering information management”.

At the Hull petrochemical plant in northern England equipment that was not operated correctly led to losses of $35 million to $45 million.

BP’s safety record came in to focus in 2005 when a blast at its Texas City refinery killed 15 workers and injured 180 others. BP was fined $84.6 million by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration between 2005 and 2012 for safety rules violations found at the refinery in investigations following the blast.

The report said highly material safety risk and financial performance issues remained due to “the lack of refining and petrochemicals-wide direction, governance, coordination and investment”.

The upstream segment, which produces oil and gas, has further work to do but is however significantly ahead of downstream, the report said …

Greenpeace UK‘s senior climate adviser Charlie Kronick said in a statement that “BP‘s sloppy approach to a crucial aspect of safety hasn’t changed”.

“The same happy-go-lucky attitude that played a role in major accidents in the past is seemingly still reflected in the management of safety information across the oil giant’s operations from rig to refinery.”

(Reporting by Ron Bousso; editing by Susan Thomas)

‘BP polluters, unfit art sponsors’

This video from London, England says about itself:

Anti-BP performers bring 40-foot sea monster into British Museum

29 September 2016

On Sunday, theatrical activists BP or not BP? pulled off our most ambitious performance to date. Two hundred performers took over the British Museum’s Great Court with an hour-long, multi-act, musical performance to flood the museum’s dirty sponsor, BP, out of the space. The unsanctioned theatrical action culminated in a climactic battle with a 40-foot BP-branded sea monster that we managed to smuggle into the museum.

We were there in response to BP’s controversial and ironic sponsorship of the museum’s current ‘Sunken Cities’ exhibition, and to challenge the museum’s decision, in late July, to renew its sponsorship deal with BP for another five years. This unpopular new deal – set to start in 2018 – would see the British Museum continuing to promote a climate-wrecking oil company until 2022. This decision looks even more farcically irresponsible in the face of new research from Oil Change International: their latest report confirms that to keep global warming below two degrees we must halt all new production of oil, coal and gas, and begin to phase out existing sources, putting the fossil fuel industry into “managed decline”.

The idea that a publicly-funded national museum could still be providing PR for a fossil fuel company into the 2020s is ridiculous enough, even before you consider the name of the latest BP-funded exhibition: ‘Sunken Cities’. By lobbying against climate laws, blocking clean energy and pushing to drill for ever-dirtier sources of oil, BP is doing more than almost anyone to push us into climate disaster and create the sunken cities of the future.

Read the full story here.

Watch the full performance here.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Actors call on museum to dump BP after Trump win

Monday 28th November 2016

ENVIRONMENTAL activist actors performed unofficially in the British Museum at the weekend in protest at the prestigious institution’s continuing sponsorship by oil giant BP.

The campaigning thespians performed for four hours to deliver their message of opposition to sponsorship by the company, which campaigns against regulations tackling global climate change.

Saturday’s performance was an international collaboration, with performers from Britain, the United States, Argentina and India among the 40 taking part.

They argue that the election of climate-change denier Donald Trump to the US presidency makes the fight against global warming and the fossil fuel companies who contribute to it all the more urgent.

The performance was staged in the museum’s Great Court under the slogan “BP or not BP?

Group member Olivia Knight said: “The only way the British Museum could sign a new sponsorship deal with BP was by ignoring the company’s role in driving the climate crisis, from drilling new oil wells to lobbying against crucial climate legislation.”

Referring to a current exhibition at the museum, Ms Knight added: “When it allowed BP to sponsor Sunken Cities, the museum invented a whole new kind of climate denial.

“Now the museum needs to get on the right side of history, draw a red line and drop BP.”

Monica Hunken, a theatre performer and activist from the US, said: “My home city of New York will sink beneath the waves by 2060 unless bold action is taken on climate change — and that’s only possible if the anti-science stance of Donald Trump is challenged and overridden.

“With a genuine climate denier about to enter the White House and anti-science lobbyists in the ascent, it is more crucial than ever that the British Museum joins the cultural shift away from fossil fuels.”

On Saturday, BP or not BP? Scotland gate-crashed the opening of the BP Portrait Award ceremony in Edinburgh.

Activists dotted around the gallery launched into an unsanctioned toast calling for BP to be dropped, while protesters dressed as oil workers greeted guests outside with flyers.

Donald Trump Still Thinks Climate Change Is ‘A Bunch Of Bunk’. His presidency will likely be disastrous for global efforts to mitigate climate change: here.

BP polluters, not good art sponsors

This video from London, England says about itself:

UK: Theatrical flash mob protest BP sponsorship at British Museum

25 September 2016

A theatrical flash mob descended on the British Museum in London on Sunday to protest against BP sponsorship at the museum, in particular the oil company’s sponsorship of the ‘Sunken Cities’ exhibition.

By Sofia Lotto Persio in Britain:

Activists stage splash mob at British Museum

Monday 26th September 2016

Protest group calls for museum to remove BP logos from Sunken Cities exhibition

A WAVE of activists joined the theatrical protest group “BP or not BP” at the British Museum yesterday to protest against the renewal of a sponsorship deal with BP.

BP’s logo is visibly displayed on all advertisement for the museum’s latest exhibition, Sunken Cities.

To fit the marine theme, protesters performed a “splashmob,” dressing up as fish, mermaids and other underwater creatures, including a BP kraken and occupied the museum’s Great Court.

Sunday’s action was the latest in a long series of protests by the group, which is part of the Art Not Oil coalition that has been opposing financial collaboration between the arts and oil companies like BP since 2004.

Activist Danny Chivers said: “Sponsorship is a tool that BP uses to falsely present itself as a ‘responsible’ company and distract us from its real activities.

“By letting BP sponsor the sunken cities of the past, the British Museum is helping to create the sunken cities of the all-too-near future.”

The activists denounced BP’s lobbying activities against climate action and its fossil fuel operations, which contribute to climate change and natural disasters.

“They present themselves as being a caring, responsible company, while committing some of the world’s worst human rights abuses and causing runaway climate change,” an action group statement said.

In December 2011, cultural centres including the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate, the Royal Opera House and the British Museum entered into a five-year sponsorship deal with BP worth £10 million.

The Tate is not renewing the deal, which expires in 2017. The British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House and the Royal Shakespeare Company however signed a new £7.5m five-year sponsorship with BP in July.

People from the arts, sciences and academia opposed the deal in two open letters published earlier this year, before and after the sponsorship renewal, receiving altogether over 300 signatures.

In March, the Public and Commercial Services Union surveyed its staff at the British Museum revealing that only six members of staff thought the sponsorship was ethical, with 66 per cent saying they supported the aims of the protesters.

MORE than 70 activists will stage a day of performances outside Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) venues in protest against its sponsorship deal with climate-wrecking oil giant BP: here.