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At Chevron's Annual General Meeting (AGM) today in Houston, Texas, the oil giant denied access to shareholder representatives in a bid to silence the truth about its human rights and environmental impacts around the world. Five members of the True Cost of Chevron Network were arrested, including Global Exchange's Chevron Program Director, Antonia Juhasz, under the direction of the oil giant. See video of her arrest here.

Chevron's attempt to hide the truth are doomed to failure. Dozens of leaders from communities affected by Chevron are in Houston to deliver the recently released report, The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report, May 2010, which reveals the true cost paid for Chevron's operations in communities around the world.

Chevron's Annual Report celebrates 130 years of Chevron operations. In it, the company declares that the "values of The Chevron Way" include operating "with the highest standards of integrity and respect for human rights."

The communities and our allies who bear the consequences of Chevron's offshore drilling rigs, oil and natural gas production, coal fields, refineries, depots, pipelines, exploration, chemical plants, political control, consumer abuse, false promises, and much more, have a very different account to offer. Thus, we prepared our second Alternative Annual Report for Chevron.

With nearly 50 authors from 16 countries and ten states across the U.S. where Chevron operates, The True Cost of Chevron is a damning exposé revealing the true cost paid for Chevron's operations, from coal to chemicals, offshore to onshore production, pipelines to refineries, natural gas to toxic waste, and lobbying and campaign contributions to greenwashing.

From the coalfields of Wyoming to the oil fields of Indonesia, we hear directly from those communities directly harmed by - and fighting back against - Chevron from Alabama, New Mexico, Alaska, California, Mississippi, Texas, Angola, Australia, Burma, Canada, Chad, Cameroon, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Nigeria, Philippines, Thailand, and from Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Antonia is proud to once again be the lead author and editor of this report. TJ is proud to be a report co-author.

See what Chevron is trying to hide and please download the report (hard copies are also available) and the new True Cost of Chevron ADS.

Please share both with your friends. Post them on your websites, face book pages, and tweet about them. And, most importantly, please read the report and be inspired to join us in taking action against Big Oil!

Follow updates on the situation in Houston on the
Global Exchange Chevron Program blog.




Thank you.

Antonia Juhasz and Thomas J. Buonomo
The Chevron Program
Global Exchange

 

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