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    Thursday, May 29, 2008

    Chevron Corp. blasted for environmental, rights abuses in Ecuador, Nigeria and Myanmar

    Despite the vocal complaints, Chevron shareholders soundly rejected six resolutions that would create new company policies on human rights and environmental protection.

    In Ecuador, Chevron faces a multibillion-dollar lawsuit by 30,000 jungle settlers and Indians who allege the company failed to clean up billions of gallons of toxic wastewater produced by Texaco Petroleum Co., which Chevron acquired in 2001.

    At Wednesday's meeting, activist Luis Yanza told O'Reilly that the contamination has poisoned the land and sickened thousands of people who live in the Ecuadorean Amazon.

    "We will never rest until we have obtained justice," said Yanza, who was named a winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize last month.

    O'Reilly acknowledged there were serious environmental problems in Ecuador but said the company had already spent $40 million on environmental cleanup and was released from liability by the Ecuadorean government.
    Chevron faces another lawsuit by Nigerians who claim that the company hired soldiers who shot and killed protesters at an offshore oil platform in the Niger Delta in 1998. The company claims the protesters were armed youths who were shot after they demanded money and took more than 200 workers hostage.

    The case is set to go to trial in San Francisco later this year.

    Larry Bowoto, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, told shareholders Wednesday that he was "shot by soldiers bought and paid for by Chevron" exactly 10 years ago when he was on an oil barge protesting environmental damage caused by oil operations.

    "Chevron has responded with violence when Nigerian villagers have protested," Bowoto said.

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