Friday, June 6, 2008

Chevron Gets It Coming and Going

By Chris Thompson
Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 7:45 AM

Is there anyone who isn't picketing Chevron these days? First it was last week's shareholder meeting, where human rights activists complained about the company's record in Ecuador, Burma, and Nigeria. Then last night, environmental and neighborhood activists demonstrated outside the Richmond Planning Commission, which was deliberating on whether to approve Chevron's plans to upgrade its refinery. According to the West County Times, activists played a version of "Wheel of Fortune," with asthma and global warming in place of cash. Inside, the commissioners agreed to let Chevron upgrade its equipment, but ordered a cap on the amount of crude oil the company can refine, as well as restricting certain kinds of crude. How much can Chevron refine, and what kind of crude can it work its magic on? Who knows? The Commission ordered city staff to go and figure out the details.

Meanwhile, Filipino lefty activists picketed Chevron's Manila regional office over the rising price of gasoline. And now look, even God's pissed. A bolt of lightning hit a transformer in Sumatra yesterday, shutting down two Chevron oil fields that produce 379,000 barrels a day. See what happens when you covet your neighbor's oxen, David O'Reilly?

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