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Sat Apr 21 2007 SF Iraq Oil Law Protest
On April 19th, anti-war protesters gathered in front of a Chevron gas station in San Francisco to protest a proposed Iraqi law ( imc_pdf.giftranslated pdf ) that would give Western oil companies more control over Iraqi oil. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki endorsed the draft law February 26, it was approved by the Iraqi cabinet in March, and the law is waiting for a vote in the Iraqi Parliament.

imc_photo.gifimc_audio.gifPhotos and Video | imc_photo.gifRaging Grannies/CodePink Target New Iraq Oil Law | imc_photo.gifOil Execs Party at SF Gas Station | Targeting the New Iraq Oil Law in San Francisco

Iraq has the world’s second or third largest proven oil reserves. The draft law provides for “exploration risk contracts” allowing foreign companies control of oil exploration, development and production for up to 30 years. If the law is adopted as is, control of the Iraqi oil industry will shift from the public sector, where it’s been since the 1970s, into the hands of the multinational oil companies, especially British and American firms. Under the new law, Iraq will reportedly be breaking away from the normal procedure that is used by all major oil-producing countries, none of whom allow such foreign control. In Saudi Arabia, the country that has the world’s largest oil reserves, oil is fully owned and controlled by the national oil company. The same is true for Kuwait. The United Arab Emirates and Iran allow some foreign investment but maintain national control.

Draft law would open door for multinationals to move in | Iraq could have twice as much oil as thought | Iraq: OIL over troubled waters | Wall Street drools over prospect of capturing Iraq oil wealth | New Oil Law Passes Cabinet | Final Official Copy of the Iraqi Oil and Gas Law

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