WikiLeaks: Chevron Negotiated Oil Project With Iran
Last I checked, Chevron was still a US company and hence subject to US laws. But surprise, surprise: Chevron has little regard for the law when there’s money to be made.
Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki says that Chevron attempted to negotiate an oil drilling contract with Iran despite strict US sanctions, according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks and reported on by the Guardian
The leaked cable from the US embassy in Baghdad provides intriguing details of a discussion between Maliki and the then US charge d'affaires in Iraq, Patricia Butenis, on 19 March last year.
Butenis says: "With regard to hydrocarbons, the PM asked for the US position on direct contracts with US firms and on US firms developing cross-border fields on the Iran border."
She adds: "The PM said he is currently in negotiations with Chevron to develop various oilfields to include a cross-border oilfield with Iran (NFI).
The PM claimed that Chevron had told him that it had already raised the issue of a cross-border development with Tehran as well. (Note: We have no independent confirmation of this; end note.)"
Disregard for the law? Part of a day’s work for Chevron, I guess. This really isn’t all that shocking, I suppose, considering Chevron is a company that has operated in Ecuador
as if it’s above even the universal law of respect for life.