Court Strikes Down 440 Oil And Gas Leases Across The West

By Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill. -

A federal court in Montana invalidated 440 oil and gas leases sold across the West, ruling Friday the Trump administration did not properly follow a plan to protect sage grouse habitat.  U.S. [...]

A Russian Firewall For Venezuela Against US Sanctions

By M. K. Bhadrakumar, India Punchline. -

An unnamed company owned entirely by the Kremlin will be buying the Rosneft subsidiary and its oil services and trading operations in Venezuela. The deal between Rosneft (headed by Igor Sechin) [...]

Iran Vows ‘Decisive Response’ To US Threats

By Lucas Koerner, Venezuelanalysis. -

Tehran has issued a formal warning to Washington over threats to five of its tankers currently en route to Venezuela. On Sunday, Iran’s foreign minister summoned the Swiss ambassador [...]

While Pushing Big Oil Bailouts, Trump Slaps Wind And Solar With $50 Million In Old Rent Bills

By Julia Conley, Commondreams. -

While giving fossil fuel companies access to relief funds ostensibly meant for small businesses struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration on Monday slapped solar and [...]

Open Letter In Support Of Environmental Lawyer Steven Donziger

By the National Lawyers Guild International. -

New York - Over 75 organizations, including international legal organizations and major human rights networks, signed on to an open letter released today in support of environmental lawyer Steven [...]

No Sacrifices Of The Public Interest In Times Of Emergency

By Adam M. Sowards, The Revelator. -

Never one to miss an opportunity, the Trump administration has repeatedly used the COVID-19 crisis as cover to enact unwise and dangerous environmental policies against the public interest and to [...]

Wet’suwet’en Clans Endorse Governance Agreement With Canada And BC

Wet’suwet’en clans in British Columbia have ratified a memorandum of understanding that will see them take back management of their traditional territories, although one clan says the deal [...]

The Myth Of The ‘New Normal’

By Tim Watkins, The Consciousness of Sheep. -

The warm sunny days leading up to the Easter holidays are quickly fading from memory.  Then, despite the threat of a global pandemic, there was optimism in the air.  People came together in a [...]

Big Oil Fears Keystone XL Ruling Means End Of Easy Pipeline Permits

By Steve Horn, DeSmog Blog. -

On April 15, Judge Brian Morris nullified water-crossing permits in Montana that were granted for the Keystone XL, a major setback for the long-embattled tar sands oil pipeline. The ruling came [...]

Why The Oil And Gas Industry Will Never Be The Same

By Marshall Auerback, Brave New Europe. -

When a staple commodity collapses to negative value it signals that something is clearly amiss in the global economy. When it is a global energy source like crude oil, it does not just signal [...]

Under Pressure, JP Morgan Chase Demotes Former Exxon CEO

By Jamie Henn, Stop the Money Pipeline. -

New York, NY — Bowing to pressure from climate and shareholder activists, JP Morgan Chase will be demoting former Exxon CEO Lee Raymond from his Lead Independent Director position on the bank’s [...]

A Silver Lining In The Global Pandemic

By Michael T. Klare, Tom Dispatch. -

Energy analysts have long assumed that, given time, growing international concern over climate change would result in a vast restructuring of the global energy enterprise. The result: a greener, [...]

Could COVID-19 Spell The End Of The Fracking Industry?

By Dahr Jamail, Truthout. -

It has always been known that the oil and gas industry only survives by way of debt financing. Fracking is capital intensive, and very few companies involved ever actually even turn a profit in [...]

Challenging The Oil Industry Through Community Action

By Wangũi wa Kamonji, Open Global Rights. -

The Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya highway connects the Ugandan fishing town of Kaiso to Hoima town, the headquarters of the Bunyoro Kingdom and Hoima District. Kaiso is on the south-eastern edge of Lake [...]

Pipelines Are Still Being Built As The Economy Shuts Down

By Leanna First-Arai, Truthout. -

Governors of at least 37 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have issued strict orders for residents providing “non-life-sustaining” services to remain inside. All but five states have at [...]