The Mosireen media collective has completed a new video entitled “Idku: No BP Gas Project Without Our Consent”. It deals with the response of Egyptians from the fishing town of Idku to plans by multinational firm British Petroleum (BP) to build a gas processing plant on their shores. The video features interviews with local residents, who explain that waste dumping in Idku’s waters by oil and gas companies has driven away fish and polluted agricultural lands, threatening the livelihoods of fishermen and farmers alike. The video notes BP’s record of environmental abuse, as well as its support for authoritarian regimes in Azerbaijan, Algeria, Columbia, and of course, Egypt. According to Idku resident and campaigner Saad Shalaby, BP is “the tool by which European Union states are plundering Egypt’s 120 trillion square feet of natural gas.” The video charts the progress of the successful campaign by Idku residents against the BP plant, and BP’s subsequent decision to move it ten kilometers east, out of the Alexandria governorate and into the town of Mutubas in Kafr al-Sheikh. The video then highlights the role of Muslim Brother and governor of Kafr al-Sheikh Saad al-Husseiny, as well as officials from the Egyptian military, in cooperating with BP, after the violent crushing of an anti-BP protest launched by Mutubas residents. To these Egyptians, BP’s gas contracts in their country constitute colonialism, not investment, iste‘mar mush istithmar.