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BP’s Broken Promises

In recent years, BP has spent a lot of money trying to convince the world it had moved ‘Beyond Petroleum’. But having junked its solar and wind energy programmes, and been responsible for one of the largest oil spills in history, the only thing left that’s green about this huge multinational corporation is its famous logo. With its entrance into the tar sands, it’s safe to say that Beyond Petroleum has gone Back to Petroleum…

BP has recently dived into its first big Tar Sands extraction venture. The Sunrise Project, a partnership with Husky Energy, will pump out a planet-destroying 3 billion barrels of oil, whilst polluting the local environment and creating serious health and safety concerns for local First Nations communities.

Despite opposition from environmental groups, First Nations communities, climate activists, pension groups and concerned UK citizens they have decided to go ahead with the Sunrise Project. However, no oil will be extracted until at least 2014, so there is still time to stop the project from going ahead.

The Sunrise Project is set to produce 200,000 barrels per day. Sunrise will use so-called SAG-D (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage), where water is superheated into steam with vast amounts of natural gas, then injected deep into the earth to melt the oil from the sand and clay.

Learn more about BP’s involvement in the tar sands, its shambolic clean-up attempt of the Gulf of Mexico, and its business plan modelled on the end of the world.

In 2012, BP is tried to distract attention from its dirty deeds by sponsoring the London 2012 Olympics. Find out more here.

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