Greens add spice

Writing about the petroleum industry is fascinating, but as a journalist, one sometimes yearns for a dash of color or, better still, a whiff of controversy.Down the years, environmental campaign group Greenpeace has been a reliable provider of both. It has played Jiminy Cricket to industry's Pinocchio with such success that its image has evolved from that of an eccentric bunch of whale fanciers to that of a respected environmental authority.The commando-style invasion of the Brent Spar derelict loading buoy in the summer of 1995 really brought Greenpeace to the forefront of the public imagination (OGJ, May 8, 1995, p. 25).For a while, the oil industry could barely attempt to operate a ...

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