Is a Chevron oil spill next?
Today marks the 1 month anniversary of the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill that began with the April 20 explosion and fire on the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, owned by Transocean Ltd. and leased by BP. The blast killed 11 workers. Since then, oil has been pouring into the Gulf at a rate of at least 210,000 gallons per day. The devastation this oil spill has created for communities, livelihood, wildlife, and a very fragile ecosystem is terrifying. What is perhaps even more terrifying, is that the current tragedy in the Gulf could be a harbinger of much worse to come. A recently released report,The True Cost of Chevron, reveals that Chevron is the number one leaseholder in the Gulf Coast and has been at the forefront of lobbying efforts to expand the dangerous practice of off-shore drilling, both in the US and around the globe. Perhaps most distressing is the fact that Chevron contracts with Transocean, the very same company responsible for the explosion. And if another disaster does occur in the Gulf Coast, Chevron's track record in Ecuador, Nigeria, and other places around the globe has given us absolutely no reason to believe they will accept full responsibility, clean it up, or compensate the victims. In Canada this month, Chevron began exploratory drilling this month in the Orphan Basin, a project that will set a record for the deepest offshore oil well in Canada. Chevron warned regulators it would be unable to clean up the vast majority of any big oil spill at the Newfoundland. Chevron, BP, and the rest of their Big Oil buddies must be reigned in. They have proven time and again that they are not to be trusted, cut every safety corner possible to cut costs, and will litigate to hell freezes over rather than accept responsibility when they inevitably cause irreversible damage to communities and the environment. Many of the injured parties were dead by the time Exxon finally settled (and at a fraction of what was fair or right) and Chevron is STILL (26 years later) dragging out and denying justice for the 30,000 people in Ecuador who are suffering and dying because of their massive oil contamination. We need an immediate end to all off-shore drilling and we need to hold oil companies like Chevron and BP truly accountable to the damage they cause.