Roar For ♥TONY♥ UK Article Mentions Tony and Conoco/Phillips 6.16.2010
This article about oil companies is from guardian.co.uk, and mentions Tony, Conoco/Phillips and also provides the link to Tony’s petition. Tony’s story is truly global and has reached people all over the world.
Oil companies under attack
BP is not the only major oil group that has had to deal with an environmental catastrophe or public relations disaster
The Exxon oil spill off Alaska in 1989 was the largest in US history until the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Photograph: Donna Mcwilliam/AP
Market capitalisation: $282bn
Net income: $21bn
The oil giant environmentalists love to hate, Exxon has drawn flak in recent years for its stance on global warming and financial support for groups on the lunatic fringe of the climate debate. Officially its view has softened in recent years but the company, one of the biggest and most profitable in the world, remains very much an oil man’s oil firm. The BP spill looks likely to relieve it of an unwanted oily albatross around its neck: the enormous 1989 leak from its Exxon Valdez tanker off Alaska was previously the biggest in US history.
Market capitalisation: $149bn
Net income: $13.2bn
If BP feels it is being unfairly picked on, it could point to the damage blamed on Chevron in the Ecuadorian jungle. Dubbed the Amazon Chernobyl by locals, the dumping of massive amounts of waste is being investigated in a lengthy and acrimonious court case. Thousands of Ecuadorians have brought the £18bn lawsuit, which claims their land was contaminated during three decades of oil exploration and extraction by Texaco, now owned by Chevron.
Royal Dutch Shell
Market capitalisation: $112bn
Net income: $9.8bn
Shell has faced persistent criticism over its environmental record, particularly in Nigeria, where the company recently admitted spilling 14,000 tonnes of oil in 2009. The majority, said the company, was lost through two incidents – one in which the firm claims that thieves damaged a wellhead at its Odidi field and another where militants bombed the trans-Escravos pipeline. Local communities and environmental groups blame the company’s vast network of rusting pipes and tanks.
Market capitalisation: $81bn
Net income: $5.7bn
Conoco is facing a conservation backlash of its own in Louisiana, albeit on a much smaller scale than BP. The firm, which is one of the largest oil companies in the US, is being targeted by animal lovers angry that it supplies fuel to a truck stop that keeps a nine-year-old tiger in a cage. The Tiger Truck Stop, in Grosse Tete, has been forced to erect a sign to ask motorists not to throw things at the animal, named Tony.