A look back at Pearl Jams Concert Protest against BP Oil to protect the Great Lakes. BP has a long history of being the root of major oil disasters. The current major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico isn’t the first evidence of BP making bad choices in the name of making a quick buck.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was once quoted as saying that when he saw himself on the cover of magazines at the supermarkets, he “hated that guy”. Not sure how the rest of the band felt about him, but one thing is certain: you can add BP Amoco to the list of things Vedder and Pearl Jam hate.
While the oil giant is often considered more enviro-conscious than their oily competitors, their Whiting Refinery in Indiana has a new permit that gives them permission to dump over 1,500 lbs. of ammonia and almost 5,000 pounds of suspended solids into area lakes. And Pearl Jam doesn’t approve.
Pearl Jam has done one better. At Lollapalooza, they performed a new song, “Don’t Go To BP Amoco”, which you can see in the video below, shot by someone in the audience.
What is the cost of destroying an ecosystem and people’s livelihoods? Exxon thinks $2.5 billion is too much. In fact, their lawyers are arguing that zero seems more appropriate. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
It’s about time someone socked it to the oil companies. A Shell shareholder at the company’s annual meeting in The Hague accused the oil multinational of “selling suicide in the forecourt”. Brilliant! Wish I’d come up with that. So what warranted this poetic outburst? A laundry list of eco-sins: Shell’s insistence to press ahead with its tar sand operations in Canada; continuation of gas flaring in Nigeria; and ditching renewable energy schemes including the world’s largest offshore wind initiative, the London Array. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
I’m not a fan of the continued reliance on natural gas and oil to meet our energy needs. I’m also willing to discuss interesting interim solutions, especially if these interim solutions are already a reality. That’s what’s happening in the North Sea off Norway right now, where companies are pumping tons of natural gas out of the ground and pumping CO2 back in — nearly 2,800 tons per day.
Here’s how it works. The natural gas is pumped out of the ground with oil rigs like we see all over the world, the CO2 (which comes with the gas) is extracted, and then CO2 is pumped back into the Norwegian Continental Shelf in an area known as the Utsira formation. The Utsira is made from sandstone and has ample pockets to store CO2. Normally when natural gas is harvested, the CO2 just escapes into the atmosphere. At the Sleipner West oil field, the CO2 is trapped underground in pockets in the sandstone.