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Exxon Is Holdout on MTBE

Thursday, May 8, 2008

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Exxon Is Holdout on MTBE

5-8-08 by dugan A national lawsuit over water pollution from a gasoline additive was more than half-settled yesterday when four of the five major oil comanies agreed to pay $423 million in cleanup and other costs. Chevron, Shell, BP, Conoco and several smaller companies did what’s right, and will escape years more of litigation costs. […]

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Green Prize Wilts Chevron

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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Green Prize Wilts Chevron

4-15-08 by dugan     Chevron’s world headquarters in San Ramon, Calif., is less than 40 miles from San Francisco’s stately opera house. So if bad thoughts could kill, last night’s audience for the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize would be slumped in their seats. Two winners of the "environmental Nobel Prize" were Ecuadoran activists, lawyer […]

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Arnold's Nuclear Natter

Monday, March 17, 2008

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Arnold's Nuclear Natter

3-17-08 by dugan     There are days when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to just blurt the last cockamamie idea he heard from a powerful pal. So it is with the Gov’s new enthusiasm for nuclear power plants in California. Before  he goes further on his new fad, Schwarzenegger needs a trip to Florida, where […]

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BP Pleads Guilty

Thursday, November 29, 2007

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BP Pleads Guilty

11-29-07 by simpson BP pleaded guilty today to failing to prevent a huge spill in America’s largest oil field on Alaska’s North Slope.  Bumbling Petroleum has agreed to a fine of $20 million for one violation of the Clean Water Act. The 200,000-gallon spill was caused by  reckless cost-cutting that led to a failure to […]

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More Chevron Downside

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

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More Chevron Downside

11-28-07 by dugan     Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez’s campaign to win Latin American hearts and minds has developed a new twist that should set hearts aflutter (not in a good way) at Chevron’s investor relations department. BBC reporter Greg Palast‘s investigative documentary on Ecuadoran peasants’ multibillion-dollar pollution lawsuit against Chevron aired tonight. Palast notes […]

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No Room for Denial

Saturday, November 17, 2007

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No Room for Denial

11-17-07 by dugan     Some disasters seem just too enormous to grasp. Every version of the U.N. climate change report is more dire and more certain about the effects of climate change. The final report, released Friday (N.Y. Times, L.A. Times), begs for help protecting the poor nations most at risk from flooding, drought […]

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Next: Oil Tanker Meth Labs?

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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Next: Oil Tanker Meth Labs?

10-30-07 by dugan     If you’d like to run a small meth lab on the open seas, away from national laws, ExxonMobil may have a high-paying job for you! That’s a reasonable intrpretation of the Supreme Court’s decision to accept Exxon’s appeal of its $2.5 billion in liability from the Exxon Valdez tanker crash […]

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BP Moves 'Beyond Problems'

Monday, October 29, 2007

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BP Moves 'Beyond Problems'

10-29-07 by Simpson First BP tried to position itself as Beyond Petroleum, though Bumbling Petroleum is more accurate. Now with cold cash — just pocket change to the oil giant  — BP is trying to put itself Beyond Problems.  Last week BP agreed to pay $373 million in federal fines and restitution. In the largest […]

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Exxon's Good Supply of Lawyers

Thursday, August 23, 2007

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Exxon's Good Supply of Lawyers

08-23-07 by dugan ExxonMobil is quick to raise gasoline prices whenever "supplies are short." But its ability to go slow is phenomenal when it comes to big lawsuits. Exxon’s army of lawyers has spent more than a decade delaying and denying a damage award over the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker accident that fouled Alaskan waters […]

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BP Launches Alaskan PR Blitz

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

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BP Launches Alaskan PR Blitz

07-10-07 by Simpson Oil Giant BP is fighting back from its damaged image in Alaska last year resulting from a major oil spill caused by a lack of proper maintenance.  The massive statewide PR campaign is outlined by staff writer Wesley Loy in the Anchorage Daily News. Although the firm won’t say how much it’s […]

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