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The Yes Men Are At it Again: Chevron "Agrees" to Clean Up Its Mess

Environmentalists want Chevron to take some responsibility for their actions.

Rachel Cernansky

By Rachel Cernansky
Wed Oct 20, 2010 14:01

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Courtesy of Rainforest Action Network and The Yes Men

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"For decades, oil companies like ours have worked in disadvantaged areas, influencing policy in order to do there what we can't do at home. It's time this changed. People in Ecuador, Nigeria, the Gulf of Mexico, Richmond, and elsewhere have a right to a clean and healthy environment too."

That's the mock-statement from Chevron that you'll read if you visit chevron-weagree.com, a site that the Rainforest Action Network and The Yes Men put up to spoof the official Chevron "We Agree" campaign, which is supposed to focus on Growth and Jobs, Renewable Energy, Technology, Small Business, and Community Development.

Anyone who follows Chevron's behavior overseas knows the company has not gained an international reputation because of strong community development and renewable energy efforts. Chevron dumped (intentionally) almost 19 billion gallons of toxic waste sludge into northern Ecuador's Amazon rainforest in 1992—it was one of the worst environmental disasters in history, yet the corporation has never taken responsibility for the damage or its cleanup.

People who depend on local water supplies for drinking and bathing have suffered ill health effects from the chemicals, including benzene, that were dumped so that Chevron would save about $3 per barrel of oil.

It's not just Ecuador—the company is accused of human rights abuses and environmental violations in Nigeria and elsewhere. Visit changechevron.org to read more about the beef environmental groups have with Chevron, or to learn about actions you can take to help get them to clean up the mess.

More about Chevron and oil in the Amazon:
Help Demand Chevron Take Responsibility For Spills in the Amazon
A Remote Amazon Oil Facility Tries to Go Green
Oil and Gas Exploration Threatens Peruvian Amazon
Occidental Oil Accused of Poisoning the Amazon (Video News)


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