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Total Chief: Critics Can ‘Go to Hell’

The CEO of…Total said critics of the company’s operations in Burma “can go to hell,” according to an interview published by Newsweek...Total has been involved in the Yadana project since the 1990s, working in partnership with…Unocal [now part of Chevron]…Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise and…PTT Exploration & Production Co. Total and its partners have long been accused of turning a blind eye to serious human rights abuses committed by Burmese security forces guarding the pipeline, including forced labor, land confiscation, forced relocation, rape, torture and murder…Complaining that “Total is a punching bag while other companies invest without criticism is simply untrue,” said EarthRights International project coordinator Matthew Smith…