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Critics' annual report blasts Chevron

The corporate annual report - that glossy, seldom-read staple of the business world - usually features upbeat words and images showcasing a company's stellar year.

The "True Cost of Chevron" alternative annual report, in contrast, features a cover photo of an oil spill.

Released Wednesday by a coalition of Chevron Corp.'s fiercest critics, the report pillories the San Ramon oil company for pollution and alleged human rights abuses around the globe, in places as disparate as Ecuador, Burma, Texas and Richmond.

The San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Activists rally at Chevron's Houston offices during shareholders' meeting

An international group of activists alleging human rights abuses and environmental destruction on the part of Chevron Corp. was poised to rally in front of the energy company’s Houston offices on Wednesday.

San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron (NYSE: CVX) is scheduled to be holding its annual shareholder meeting there at the time.

Houston Business Journal
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Chevron Protests Result In Arrests Downtown

At least four protesters were arrested this morning at a demonstration outside a Chevron shareholders' meeting downtown. The protesters moved past temporary police barricades and sat on the ground after they were refused entrance into the building at 1400 Smith.

The Houston Press
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Protesters accuse Chevron of human rights, environmental abuse

A day before Chevron's annual shareholder meeting, about 20 protesters gathered at the company's offices on Smith Street and held a press conference to accuse the oil company of environmental pollution and human rights abuses around the world.

The group, made up of representatives from around the U.S. and countries such as Nigeria, Ecuador, Australia and Kazakhstan, explained how Chevron operations in their communities resulted in pollution, environmental and financial loss, and health issues.

The Houston Chronicle
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Protesters accuse Chevron of human rights, environmental abuse

A day before Chevron's annual shareholder meeting, about 20 protesters gathered at the company's offices on Smith Street and held a press conference to accuse the oil company of environmental pollution and human rights abuses around the world.

The group, made up of representatives from around the U.S. and countries such as Nigeria, Ecuador, Australia and Kazakhstan, explained how Chevron operations in their communities resulted in pollution, environmental and financial loss, and health issues.

The Houston Chronicle
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Activists Send Message at Massey Energy Hearing: Coal is Dangerous

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Washington, D.C. (5/20/10)— Today activists with the Rainforest Action Network attended the 2:00pm Massey Energy hearing before the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee. RAN activists were present to ensure that Massey’s controversial CEO, Don Blankenship, was held accountable for his role in the April 5, 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion where 29 miners tragically died. They were also calling attention to the company’s repeated mine safety and environmental violations.

Rainforest Action Network Welcomes JPMorgan’s First Public Statement on Controversial Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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Monday, May 17, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (May 17, 2010) – Just one day before their Annual General Shareholder meeting, JPMorgan Chase released their 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report including its first public statement on financing for companies that practice mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining.

JPMorgan Gets an “F” on Mining

In late March, I wrote about how Wall Street powerhouse JPMorgan Chase continues to fund coal companies that engage in mountaintop removal mining (MTR), a dangerous, environmentally devastating type of strip mining in which the peaks of mountains are literally blown off, exposing the seams of coal that run underneath.

Mother Jones
Thursday, May 13, 2010