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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.

U.S. to Split Up Agency Policing the Oil Industry

"Members of the Rainforest Action Network, top, listened Tuesday at a Senate committee hearing as oil executives, middle, waited to testify before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources"

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The New York Times
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

BP Oil Spill a Crude Awakening for Washington and Industry

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Contact: Ginger Cassady, Rainforest Action Network, 415.640.7155 (on-site cell)

Brianna Cayo Cotter, Rainforest Action Network, 415.305.1943

Rainforest Action Network Stands By Evidence that Cargill is Destroying Rainforests

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Minneapolis, Minn. – Rainforest Action Network (RAN) released the following statement today in response to Cargill’s denial of the evidence presented in our May 4, 2010 report, Cargill’s Problem with Palm Oil: A Burning Threat in Borneo.

“No one wishes more than we do that Cargill wasn’t destroying rainforests. Pictures and maps don’t lie, however.

“We stand by the evidence released in our report that Cargill’s plantations in Indonesia are cutting down rainforests, violating the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and are out of compliance with Indonesian law.”

Chevron, plaintiffs seek gains as verdict nears

As a verdict nears in the long-running environmental lawsuit against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador, both sides are ratcheting up the pressure.

This morning, a man who says oil field contamination in Ecuador's rain forest killed two of his children will try to meet with Chevron's new chief executive officer, John Watson. Together with some of his American supporters, Emergildo Criollo will go first to Watson's home in Lafayette, then to the company's headquarters in San Ramon, carrying with him petitions signed by 325,000 people asking Chevron to settle the suit.

San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Green Groups to Cameron: Be Our King of the Environment

James Cameron: nature filmmaker? It's a title even the director himself — a self-described tree hugger — might not have expected. After all, in his budget-busting moviemaking career, Cameron has engineered a planet-killing nuclear holocaust (The Terminator), created acid-blooded extraterrestrials (Aliens) and made a villain out of an iceberg (Titanic). His latest film, Avatar, the record-setting sci-fi epic filmed mostly with motion-capture cameras and computer graphics, is about as unnatural as a movie can get.

Time Magazine
Sunday, March 7, 2010

La Corte Federal de Nueva York falló contra Ecuador en el caso Chevron

Olga Imbaquingo. Corresponsal en Nueva York y Red. Sociedad

Leonard Sand, juez principal de la Corte Federal del Distrital de Nueva York, desestimó el pedido del Gobierno ecuatoriano y de los afectados de la Amazonia. Estos solicitaron que se suspendiera temporalmente el arbitraje que se sigue en la Corte Permanente de La Haya.

Un proceso de 14 años
El juicio contra la petrolera empezó el 3 de noviembre de 1995. Un grupo de colonos e indígenas afectados presentó una demanda en la Corte del Distrito Sur de Nueva York.

El Comercio
Friday, March 12, 2010

Ecuadorean Indigenous Leader Asks CA Lawmakers for Support in Campaign to Demand Chevron Clean Up its Pollution in Amazon

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sacramento, CA – Today, an Indigenous leader from Ecuador is meeting with California legislators and asking for their support in a 16+ year campaign to demand Chevron remediate massive oil contamination affecting over 30,000 people. Emergildo Criollo has traveled from his home in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest region to deliver a direct message to Chevron’s new CEO John Watson, along with more than 325,000 petitions signed by people in over 150 countries, supporting his appeal.

Houston Chevron Marathon Marred by Denial of Runners’ Free Speech

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Houston, TX – A team that is running for human rights in Ecuador at this Sunday’s Chevron Houston Marathon was just kicked out of the marathon’s Expo by Chevron Marathon Managing Director Steven Karpas. The runners had paid for a table to distribute “I’m Running for Human Rights” stickers and information about Chevron’s refusal to clean up over 18 billion tons of toxic oil sludge they are responsible for in the Ecuadorean rainforest.