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Is Chevron One Step Closer to “Doing Some Good” in Turkmenistan?

Posted by Michelle Kinman in True Cost of Chevron Network on 19th August, 2010 | No Comments

4643135470_aa5aceef28Earlier this week, the President of Turkmenistan announced a short list of companies from whom his country will accept proposals to develop two offshore blocks in the Caspian Sea.[i] Since President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov came to power nearly four years ago, Turkmenistan’s vast hydrocarbon reserves have been the source of intense lobbying by petroleum giants from around the globe. The efforts of four of these companies were rewarded, in part, this week. Not unexpectedly, Chevron is among the shortlisted companies, joined by ConocoPhilips, Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Co. and newcomer TX Oil Limited, chaired by Neil Bush, son of US President George H.W. Bush.
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A Permanent Moratorium

Posted by Antonia Juhasz in Big Oil, Featured on 19th August, 2010 | No Comments

2010-07-31-oiledshellbeachAs another oil and gas rig explodes September 2nd in the Gulf of Mexico, the need to ban offshore drilling becomes more apparent. See Antonia Juhasz’s article in Progressive Magazine on the frequency of such incidents (400 in the last five years) and the need for a permanent moratorium on offshore drilling. What we are witnessing is the failure of an entire system, rather than of one operator.
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