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Two directors take on oil industry
John Anderson, International Herald Tribune
Two movies. Same subject. Almost identical titles. Made independently by two filmmakers who have known each other since 1982. Yet two very different films (and filmmakers). How could that be?
“Crude,” by Joe Berlinger (“Brother’s Keeper”), and “Sweet Crude,” by Sandy Cioffi, are new documentaries about the despoiling of the third world by multinational oil companies (Ecuador in “Crude,” Nigeria in “Sweet Crude”).
(16 January 2009)
Court Halts Oil and Gas Leasing in Utah Wilderness
Environment News Service
At least 110,000 acres of pristine Utah wilderness is temporarily protected from oil and gas companies due to a ruling Saturday night by a federal judge in a case brought by conservationists.
Judge Ricardo Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the Bureau of Land Management from moving forward with these leases.
(19 January 2009)
Oil Addiction: Don’t Count on Mexico to Supplant Mid-East Crude
Keith Johnson, Environmental Capital
Whether the calls for reducing America’s oil dependence on the Middle East that played such a big part in Barack Obama’s campaign will find a home in today’s inaugural address is an open question. But one thing is increasingly clear: America won’t be able to count much on Mexico, still its third-biggest supplier, to help it wean off Persian Gulf oil.
The Mexican oil industry is in steep decline. The huge production falls seen through the first nine months of the year continued in the fourth quarter, Bloomberg says, as Mexico’s state oil company is set to report its steepest annual production declines since World War II. Mexican production will fall from more than 3 million barrels a day in 2007 to about 2.8 million barrels in 2008, Bloomberg estimates.
(20 January 2009)