Tag Archive | "human rights"

Chevron Witness Pay: Is It Really Hush Money?

Monday, April 18, 2011

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Chevron Witness Pay: Is It Really Hush Money?

Chevron's army of lawyers isn't its only weapon in staving off the demand of Ecuadoran peasants that the company clean up its toxic drilling mess in the Amazon. Chevron is also happy to use deception, secret video and dirty tricksters. The problem with tricksters, however, is that it can be hard to keep them in the fold, and they can be so darned greedy. Consider the tale of secret videotaper Diego Borja, and the "expense money"of at least $169,000 that Chevron has heaped on him since August 2009.

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What BP’s Secrecy on Payout Deals Sacrifices

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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What BP’s Secrecy on Payout Deals Sacrifices

We've reported about what's wrong in the secrecy around BP's payments to Kenneth Feinberg and his law firm, which is doling out compensation for BP's devastating oil spill in the Gulf. Monday, though, the Center for Justice and Democracy got deep into the guts of the matter.

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Spill Commission Defends Its Top Lawyer

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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The panel named by President Obama to investigate the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout on Tuesday rejected a call by a consumer activist group for the resignation of its chief counsel, Fred H. Bartlit Jr. The group, Consumer Watchdog, said that the panel should dismiss Mr. Bartlit because his law firm, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, once represented Halliburton, one of the companies involved in drilling the BP well.

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Nigeria=Mexico?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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Nigeria=Mexico?

Mexico’s huge national oil company, Pemex, has shut down a large chunk of its natural gas fields because of the apparent kidnapping of dozens of employees and contract workers by drug gangs that are also stealing and selling oil and gas. It’s a situation increasingly similar to oilfield battlesĀ  in Nigeria, where a corrupt government [...]

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Supporting Oilworkers’ Families

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Supporting Oilworkers’ Families

Consumer Watchdog Joins Group of Advocates in Letter to Rep. Conyers to Assist Families of Deceased Oil Rig Workers 06-23-10 by Khan Consumer Watchdog has joined groups promoting justice and consumer advocates in a letter to Rep. John Conyers (MI) expressing support for a bill introduced in the House that would help families recoup non-economic [...]

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This ‘carbon trading’ thingie

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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This ‘carbon trading’ thingie

11-04-09 by dugan   Carbon trading. Oh, yawn. Too weird and complicated. MEGO. Leave me alone. But wait a minute: A new website, Carbon Watch, could change your mind about keeping up with cap and trade. It’s a joint project of the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting and PBS’s "Frontline," and puts the central battle [...]

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Did Chevron run a sting?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

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Did Chevron run a sting?

09-03-09 by dugan   Maybe it’s just my cynical nature, but Chevron’s "smoking gun" video alleging corruption in Ecuador has its fishy points. Chevron has gotten some media on a charge that a video it obtained implicates the judge in a big civil case against Chevron in a bribery scandal, but even the Wall Street [...]

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Chevron’s $27-billion liability sticks. Again.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Chevron’s $27-billion liability sticks. Again.

06-30-09 by dugan Chevron keeps throwing money at the lawsuit by Ecuadoran peasants whose land and water were spoiled by oil drilling’s toxic leftovers. The oil giant wants the suit to go away, or at least to dump more of the liability on its unofficial Ecuadoran partner in the drilling decades ago. But Chevron lost [...]

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‘Heavy oil’ = Heavy pollution

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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‘Heavy oil’ = Heavy pollution

06-17-09 by dugan Chevron’s evasions about its "upgrade" of a Northern California refinery to process dirtier, heavier oil got in well-deserved trouble with a state judge recently, thanks to unrelenting pressure from people who live near its already-dirty Richmond refinery (see poster below). Areas with less-organized citizens–including rural Mississippi (a project recently delayed for a [...]

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Chevron vs. sick babies

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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Chevron vs. sick babies

06-02-09 by dugan Chevron is spending a little now to save a lot later, at the expense of California children’s health, state parks, poor people, you name it. The oil giant just threw another $250,000 in donations to Gov. Schwarzenegger, reports the LA Times. Given the timing of the contribution, after the Gov’s failed election [...]

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Truth in greenwashing

Thursday, May 28, 2009

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Truth in greenwashing

   What If Chevron Ran An Honest Ad Campaign?   Instead of just making fun of Chevron’s fake environmentalism, what if someone made them tell the truth? Jeff Grubler of InsaneReagan actually did it, producing the biting "Honest Chevron" series above. OilWatchdog’s Chicago friend Mark Dascoli turned them into this dandy Youtube slideshow. Jeff’s truthy [...]

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Can Chevron take a joke?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Can Chevron take a joke?

05-24-09 by dugan Organized protest has come a long way from crude cartoons and thrown-together "white papers." For tomorrow’s annual meeting at Chevron’s San Ramon, CA, headquarters, a loose environmental and activist coalition has produced an alt-version of the annual report and (even more fun) its own take (pdf) on Chevron’s greenwashed "Will You Join [...]

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Chevron’s disgraceful deceit

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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Chevron’s disgraceful deceit

05-13-09 by dugan   If you go to YouTube and search for "Chevron 60 Minutes," the first three results look like the image at left. Two of them are a real and tough "60 Minutes" report on Chevron’s liability for toxic pollution of the Ecuadorean Amazon by Texaco, which Chevron took over. The top search [...]

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