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8 Feb 2008

Daily News [USA]

City of Berkeley Votes to Boycott Chevron [USA]

Berkeley City Council is to boycott Chevron products and services, citing the San Ramon-based oil major's controversial global environmental and human rights record. The authority adopted [the] resolution on January 29...as a result of the corporation's record of ecological destruction and involvement in human rights abuses in Angola, Burma, Ecuador and Nigeria, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area, where Chevron operates a refinery widely suspected of causing cancers and other health problems among local residents...From 1964 to 1992 Texaco (now Chevron)...dump[ed] 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater directly into...[the] rainforest. Today Chevron is a defendant in a class-action lawsuit in the region...Chevron is also facing a trial in a U.S federal court in San Francisco on charges it paid Nigerian military and police to fire at villagers staging a protest at a Chevron oil platform in 1998, killing two people...[also refers to Unocal (part of Chevron)]