26 May 2010
Source: Upstream Online
Five protestors were arrested at the Chevron general meeting today in Houston as they tried to call attention to the US supermajor’s environmental and human rights record in the developing world, according to an environmental group.
Rainforest Action Network reported the arrests on its website.
A Chevron representative refered questions about the events outside the general meeting to the Houston Police Department.
The protestors arrested were identified as Mitch Anderson and Han Shan of Amazon Watch, Juan Parras of Texas-based environmental group Tejas, Ken Davis, and Antonia Juhasz of human rights group Global Exchange, according to Karen Hinton, who heads communications for a group that is suing Chevron, alleging that it is responsible for contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon that led to health problems.
The plaintiffs are seeking as much as $27 billion in damages.
The oil field in the swath of remote jungle was operated by Texaco and later Petroecuador.
Chevron, which later bought Texaco, has repeatedly said that Texaco met its portion of cleanup responsibilities and the remaining work belongs to Petroecuador.