Posts Tagged ‘Gulf of Mexico’

Human Cost – Tate Britain Performance, charcoal and sunflower oil

April 20, 2011
Tate Britain - oil performance art

Tate Britain - oil performance art

BP Oil Sculpture - Tate

BP Oil Sculpture - Tate

Human Cost, Tate Britain Performance (87 minutes), charcoal and sunflower oil 20 May 2011 — First anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

Artists from art activist group Liberate Tate staged a performance by pouring an oil like substance over a naked man at the Tate Britain museum on the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

On the same day, 166 people who work in the arts published a letter in the Guardian calling on Tate to end its sponsorship relationship with BP. “In the year since its catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP has massively ramped up its investment in controversial tar sands extraction in Canada, has been shown to have been a key backer of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, and has attempted to commence drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean. While BP continues to jeopardise ecosystems communities and the climate by the reckless pursuit of “frontier” oil, cultural institutions like Tate damage their reputation by continuing to be associated with such a destructive corporation.

The massive cuts to public arts funding in the UK have left hundreds of culturally important arts organisations in a position of great financial vulnerability, which means that the debate about the appropriateness of particular potential corporate sponsors like BP and Shell is more relevant than ever. As people working in the arts, we believe that corporate sponsorship does not exist in an ethical vacuum. In light of the negative social and ecological impacts of BP around the world, we urge Tate to demonstrate its commitment to a sustainable future by ending its sponsorship relationship with BP.”

Email : liberatetate@gmail.com

www.liberatetate.org ‘End oil-sponsorship of the arts’ on Facebook @liberatetate on twitter

Produced by “You and I Films

Human Cost – a personal account
Tate should end its relationship with BP
Climate Rush activists protest at Tate Britain over BP sponsorship
The Great BP-Sponsored Tate Modern Sleep In
No Tarsands action at the BP AGM
– “5 Million Barrels of Oil Does Not Disappear”: Author, Activist Antonia Juhasz on the BP Spill, One Year Later
BP’s criminal negligence exposed
BP Imposter Crashes Oil Spill Summit

Climate Rush activists protest at Tate Britain over BP sponsorship

April 20, 2011
Climate Rush activists protest Tate Britain over BP sponsorship

Climate Rush activists protest Tate Britain over BP sponsorship

Climate Rush Tate Britain

Climate Rush Tate Britain

Today (20 April 2011) Climate Rush activists demonstrated outside the Tate Britain, which is sponsored by BP, to mourn those that lost lives, as well as environmental damage resulting from the Deepwater Horizon disaster which began on this day last year.

Climate Rush’s Unfair Fare Dodge
Human Cost – Tate Britain Performance, charcoal and sunflower oil
The Great BP-Sponsored Tate Modern Sleep In
No Tarsands action at the BP AGM
– “5 Million Barrels of Oil Does Not Disappear”: Author, Activist Antonia Juhasz on the BP Spill, One Year Later
BP’s criminal negligence exposed
BP Imposter Crashes Oil Spill Summit

BP Imposter Crashes Oil Spill Summit

April 20, 2011

New Orleans, LA. – Attendees of the “Gulf Coast Leadership Summit” received a pleasant surprise this morning upon hearing a representative from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announce a ban on toxic dispersants — as well as a new free health care plan for spill and cleanup victims. Even more surprising: a BP co-presenter expressed regret for his company’s past actions, and said the oil giant would foot the bill for the new health care plan.

But the news was too good to be true. Surprise turned to confusion when an irate BP representative entered the room and interrupted the press conference. Comedy ensued as the two reps pointed fingers at each other, each claiming to be the real BP employee. Members of the press, confused, attempted to discover who was real and who wasn’t.

The answer was: except for the audience, everyone was a fake. The impostors Dr. Dean Winkeldom and Steve Wistwil, both Gulf Coast residents, collaborated with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, an organization whose goal is to create sustainable communities free from industrial pollution. The organization decided to create a hoax to publicize what should be happening in response to the emerging health crisis. It was a last resort, since straightforward approaches were not working.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade action was supported by the Yes Lab, a project of The Yes Men that helps activist groups carry out media-getting creative actions on their own. Four years ago in New Orleans, The Yes Men impersonated an official from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to announce, among other things, that HUD would re-open public housing and make oil companies pay up for wetlands destruction.

BP Imposter Addresses Oil Spill Summit
GE Returns Billions to Public… NOT
– “5 Million Barrels of Oil Does Not Disappear”: Author, Activist Antonia Juhasz on the BP Spill, One Year Later
BP’s criminal negligence exposed
The Great BP-Sponsored Tate Modern Sleep In
No Tarsands action at the BP AGM
Power Shift 2011 Flashmob Shuts Down BP
Climate Rush activists protest at Tate Britain over BP sponsorship

No Tarsands action at the BP AGM

April 16, 2011

The only way we can have accountability is if shareholders hold the company in which they own shares to account. If they are locked out because they have an opposing view, there can be no accountability.

That the security thugs knew who these people were on entry and then had them carefully watched, suggests to me the group has been heavily infiltrated.

I recall several years ago attending a BAA AGM. I was literally talking to the media from dawn to dusk. We even managed to have a reasonable sized demonstration outside which we organised by word of mouth (and that was before the days of social media) and had politicians on the platform.

I even managed to speak at the AGM. The response I got from the Chairman was: Sir, you appear to be challenging the board. Actually I think the word phrase was threatening the board. Well yes, that was exactly what I was doing. I then had the microphone snatched out of my hand. I was not though ejected.

Surprisingly, after the AGM, I was able to have a very open and frank discussion with the chief executive.

Spilling the News
Emails expose BP’s attempts to control research into impact of Gulf oil spill

Hands Across The Sands

August 13, 2010

A line has been drawn in the sand. No offshore drilling, no dirty oil. Yes to clean energy.

Also see

Hands Across The Sands – youtube

How BP F’d the Gulf

August 12, 2010

Where has the oil gone?

Also see

‘I want my life back’

A hole in the world

The BP Cover-Up

How many more oil spills can we endure?

July 2, 2010

Prophetic speech from On Deadly Ground (1994).

Also see

Globalisation – the role of corporations

A hole in the world

‘I want my life back’

‘I want my life back’

June 24, 2010
BP Gulf oil spill

BP Gulf oil spill

“I want my life back” he said and we say “We want the Oil Free beaches back”!

Also see

15 BP Oil Spill Cartoons

A hole in the world

The Soul of the Earth is Hurting

A hole in the world

June 19, 2010
‘Obama cannot order pelicans not to die (no matter whose ass he kicks). And no amount of money – not BP’s $20bn, not $100bn – can replace a culture that’s lost its roots.’ Photograph: Lee Celano/Reuters

‘Obama cannot order pelicans not to die (no matter whose ass he kicks). And no amount of money – not BP’s $20bn, not $100bn – can replace a culture that’s lost its roots.’ Photograph: Lee Celano/Reuters

‘[BP’s] primary purpose was to generate profit for our share holders … our primary purpose in life was not to save the world.’ — Tony Hayward, BP CEO

‘The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume.’ — Tony Hayward, BP CEO

A must read – A hole in the world by Naomi Klein in today’s Grauniad!

The Deep Water Horizon disaster is not just an industrial accident – it is a violent wound inflicted on the Earth itself …

John Wathen, a conservationist with Waterkeeper Alliance, summed up the disaster when he flew over the Gulf in the first few days of the disaster: The Gulf seems to be bleeding. Environmental lawyer Monique Harden refuses to refer to the disaster as an ‘oil spill’, she says ‘we are hemorrhaging.

Tony Hayward wants his life back.

Whales are dying, fish are dying, the inshore fisheries are dying, the tourist industry is dying.

The coastal marshes are dying. These are the spawning ground for the Gulf marine life. If the marshes die, the Gulf Dies.

Tony Hayward would like his life back. As would the eleven workers who died on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig when it exploded 40 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico on 20 April 2010.

We are told BP will clean up.

Alaska still has not cleaned up from the Exxon Valdize disaster. Oil has soaked into the beaches. It may have said Exxon on the side of the ship, it was carrying BP oil.

BP is using as an oil dispersant Corexit, a neuro-toxin pesticide banned in the UK. It is safe BP assures the little folk of the Gulf. Safe! Safe as the Deepwater Horizon, safe as the BP oil plant in Texas!

BP has cut corners, it has ignored safety advice. Andarko Petroleum, a 25% partner of BP in the Deepwater Horizon, has accused BP of ‘recklessness’.

Tony Hayward is not fit to run a whelk stall. He comes across as an insensitive, incompetent fool. Appearing before a Senate Committee he was unwilling or unable to answer their questions. How he he be expected the know the answers when he is CEO of a company that drills hundreds of holes in the ground!

What of the Swedish Chairman? He was too busy with his girlfriend playing the life of a playboy in Thailand.

BP had no contingency plan in place in the event of an accident. Their response to date has been one of stick finger in the air and wonder if this will work.

BP has laid flimsy booms which are doing nothing to contain the surface oil. Oil is now heading into the Atlantic. It is moving at an estimated rate of one hundred miles a day.

BP has repeatedly lied about the amount of oil pouring from the well. It is not just oil, methane is also pouring out, a greenhouse gas far more potent than CO2.

BP has an appalling environmental and human rights record. From the leaking Trans-Alaskan pipeline to paramilitary death squads kicking farmers off their lands on a pipeline route through Colombia.

Under George W Bush, Big Oil was the White House. Barack Obama may now be kicking BP ass, but he did nothing to roll back Big Oil on entering the White House.

In the 1950s, a US-UK coup in Iran removed a legitimate democratic regime to install and a puppet regime and hand the country’s oil over to BP (British Persian), We are still counting the cost with a despotic Islamist regime running the country.

BP as a company is finished. It has trashed the environment and in turn it is being trashed. Its share price has gone into free fall, its credit rating is fast approaching junk bond status.

BP RIP! Gulf of Mexico RIP?

Also see

Slick publicity
How Obama decided to expand offshore oil drilling
The Spill, The Scandal and the President A Deepwater dividend
BP oil spill may not be capped until Christmas, expert warns
History of BP Includes Role in 1953 Iran Coup After Nationalization of Oil
Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson on the Inside Story of How Obama Let the World’s Most Dangerous Oil Company Get Away with Murder
How Obama decided to expand offshore oil drilling
Years of Internal BP Probes Warned that Neglect Could Lead to Accidents
The Ahab Parallax: ‘Moby Dick’ and the Spill
Experts double estimate of BP oil spill size
BP rejects oil drill partner’s ‘negligence’ claim
BP suffers third rating downgrade
Gulf of Mexico oil leak ‘worst US environment disaster’
BP oil spill: grassroots anger over ‘lack of clean-up plan’
BP oil spill caused by ‘negligence or misconduct’, says drilling partner
Congress’s key accusations against BP