Conservationists Call on Chevron to Quit Turtle-Deadly LNG Projects
New Alternative Annual Report Exposes that Chevronís Biggest LNG Projects Ė Gorgon, Wheatstone and Browse Basin Ė are Sited in Country Sacred to Aboriginal Australians and in Critical Marine Habitat
Ocean activists to join international community leaders converging in San Francisco Bay Area for Chevron shareholder meeting, teach-in and protests with sea turtle costumes
WHAT: Press Conference, Report Release, and Chevron Toxic Tour
WHEN: Tuesday, May 24 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Starts at Chevron Gas Station
1298 Howard Street (9th & Howard)
San Francisco, CA 94103-2712
List of speakers and available for interview below.
Other Events: Tonight May 23, Teach-in, David Brower Center, Berkeley, Community leaders speak out on Chevron.
May 25: Rally and protect at Chevron headquarters in San Ramon, 7 am to 11 am.
WHY: 1) The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report.
Embargoed until May 24, the report exposes the deadly impacts to Aboriginal lands and endangered sea turtles, whales and ocean biodiversity from Chevronís massive new natural gas projects Ė Gorgon, Wheatstone and Browse Basin in Northwest Australia. The report documents accounts by more than 40 authors Ė led by those on the front lines of Chevronís operations -- recording egregious corporate behavior in locations as diverse as California, Burma, Colombia, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, the Philippines, Australia and the U.S. Gulf Coast. The report also profiles the historic victory and ongoing battle over Chevron's crimes in Ecuador. Read more.
Turtle Island Restoration Network of Marin County, California, is calling on Chevron to quit its partnership in the proposed new Browse Basin LNG refinery, pipeline and port in the undeveloped Kimberly of Australia and to make good on promises protect sea turtles that nest on the small island where Gorgon is being built and at the pending Wheatstone LNG project.
Sea turtles are also featured in one of a series of advocacy ads targeting Chevronís human rights and environmental atrocities around the world. The turtle ad shows a heavily oiled turtle rescued during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that illustrates the risk from oil and gas extraction.
2) May 23: True Cost of Chevron Coalition Teach-In, David Brower Center, Berkeley 7 to 10 p.m. Free event will feature community activists from around the world telling their stories of Chevron operations in their backyard.
3) On May 25, dozens of local, national, and international community leaders and advocates from and for communities harmed by Chevronís operations from Angola, Ecuador, Indonesia, Nigeria, Alaska, Texas, and more will attend the companyís annual shareholder meeting in San Ramon, California while supporters rally outside to demand that Chevron agree to change its ways. Sea turtle activists will protest wearing sea turtle costumes to illustrate Chevronís harm to endangered species at its major natural gas operations.
4) Following the press conference, a Toxic Tour of Chevronís operations in Richmond will be led by local activists for the press and our national and international allies. For details, contact Communities for a Better Environment: Jessica Guadalupe Tovar 510-302-0430 ext 24
5) Many report authors have traveled to the Bay Area to be available to speak at the Press Conference, including:
Humberto Piaguaje, Amazon Defense Coalition, Ecuador
Emem Okon, Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, Nigeria
Elias Isaac, Open Society Initiative, Angola
Jessica Tovar, Communities for a Better Environment, Oakland, CA
Mardan Pius Ginting, WALHI - Friends of the Earth Indonesia, Indonesia
Gitz Crazyboy (Ryan Deranger), First Nation Dene/Pikini (Blackfoot), Alberta, Canada
Antonia Juhasz, Global Exchange, San Francisco, CA, co-editor of the True Cost of Chevron report.
Teri Shore, Turtle Island Restoration Network, Marin County, California