Saturday, June 5, 2010

US Companies Destroying Our Good Name...



Excerpt taken from NY Times. Com article...By Bob Herbert...

BP’s calamitous behavior in the Gulf of Mexico is the big oil story of the moment. But for many years, indigenous people from a formerly pristine region of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador have been trying to get relief from an American company, Texaco (which later merged with Chevron), for what has been described as the largest oil-related environmental catastrophe ever.

“As horrible as the gulf spill has been, what happened in the Amazon was worse,” said Jonathan Abady, a New York lawyer who is part of the legal team that is suing Chevron on behalf of the rainforest inhabitants.

It has been a long and ugly legal fight and the outcome is uncertain. But what has happened in the rainforest is heartbreaking, although it has not gotten nearly the coverage that the BP spill has.

What’s not in dispute is that Texaco operated more than 300 oil wells for the better part of three decades in a vast swath of Ecuador’s northern Amazon region, just south of the border with Colombia. Much of that area has been horribly polluted. The lives and culture of the local inhabitants, who fished in the intricate waterways and cultivated the land as their ancestors had done for generations, have been upended in ways that have led to widespread misery.

Texaco came barreling into this delicate ancient landscape in the early 1960s with all the subtlety and grace of an invading army. And when it left in 1992, it left behind, according to the lawsuit, widespread toxic contamination that devastated the livelihoods and traditions of the local people, and took a severe toll on their physical well-being.

A brief filed by the plaintiffs said: “It deliberately dumped many billions of gallons of waste byproduct from oil drilling directly into the rivers and streams of the rainforest covering an area the size of Rhode Island. It gouged more than 900 unlined waste pits out of the jungle floor — pits which to this day leach toxic waste into soils and groundwater. It burned hundreds of millions of cubic feet of gas and waste oil into the atmosphere, poisoning the air and creating ‘black rain’ which inundated the area during tropical thunderstorms.”

Read more at ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/05/opinion/05herbert.html?src=mv&ref=general

From Teeluck...Many Conservatives are telling me that I am being too harsh on the Oil Companies and I should also be less critical of the Republican Party which encourage them to pollute the environments in the many different countries they operate in, by stripping the regulations under which they are governed. These Companies, when flying and operating under the US flag and being Ambassadors to this Great Country, should be better regulated as to their Operational Policies inside and indeed outside this Country. If they do not want to be Ambassadors representing us, they must be made to register another Company under a different flag, because like it or not, when it is a US Company enjoying the good graces of the host Country because they are a US Company, what they do reflects on us all. As with the above article, there are many things these unscrupulous companies do that we in the US want no blame or part thereof.

Original NY Times article by Bob Herbert.

10 comments:

  1. We protect their interests over seas via our military. We invade other countries via our military so that the Globalized Oil Corps can rape and pillage those lands.
    When is America going to understand that these Corps are global, not national. We even subsidize them. There is nothing American about them. So please stop this nonsense. The oil that they bring up goes on the global markets. Then we have to purchase that oil, and refine it. We produce 2% of the global oil, yet we consume 25%. Get it. The math does not jive.

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  2. http://www.neworleans.com/community/cityvoices/408085-exclusive-advance-bp-oil-spill-response-plan-what-they-knew-and-when-they-knew-it.html

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  3. RZ, I'm with you my friend...
    also great link!!

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  4. Seems were in a hurray to destroy the planet. So I have to ask myself, when the race has ended, who won?

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  5. That's an excellent point, one most Americans have no idea about when they see that people in other countries have a low opinion of America.

    At the same time, foreign governments share blame for letting corporations like Texaco come into their countries and do these things. I strongly suspect the corporations help see to that by bribing officials in the host country to let them do what they want.

    What people in all countries need to recognize is that huge multinational corporations don't give a hoot about different countries and different peoples. What they care about is money and power. The corporations need to be watched, regulated and prevented from doing their worst, and it takes an alert public to demand that national and local governments protect the people's interest.

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  6. Congrats on the book, interesting and wonderfully responsible thoughts.

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  7. SW, I think the Global Anti- American undercurrent does undermine the good feelings we create and any good deeds that we do around the world far more quickly than we can create them. We should keep an eye on that.

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  8. Urban Pink, Thank you very much, please send me your mailing info at davy.com@verizon.net so I can send you an autographed copy :)

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  9. Hey I'm British and all the oil companies are all the same. BP, Texaco, Exxon, they don't give a damn about anyone but themselves including the communities they're all constantly f*cking. Then jerks like John Boehner actually come out saying taxpayers should pay for the BP oil spill. What the hell is wrong with him?

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