Occidental Petroleum asked at annual meeting to clean up alleged contamination impacting health of Achuar people in Peru

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1 May 2009

Occidental Petroleum's Toxic Legacy in the Peruvian Amazon To Dominate Annual Meeting

Author: Amazon Watch [USA]

[A] delegation of concerned shareholders, environmental and human rights activists, lawyers and celebrities will once again address Occidental Petroleum's (OXY) annual stockholders' meeting to urge CEO Ray Irani and the Board of Directors to rectify the company's legacy of harm in the Peruvian Amazon before more Achuar people fall victim to widespread oil contamination…"Oxy shareholders should be concerned about the potential massive liability this case represents for the company, both in terms of financial as well as reputational risk," said Atossa Soltani, Executive Director of Amazon Watch…The New York City Common Retirement Fund, which holds 2,772,777 shares in Oxy representing an estimated $151 million, has filed a resolution that raises concerns about the company's handling of the Peru disaster. [also refers to Pluspetrol, Chevron]

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1 May 2009

[video] Occidental Petroleum in Achuar Territory: A Legacy of Harm

Author: Amazon Watch [USA]

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24 March 2008

Peru tribe battles oil giant over pollution

Author: Dan Collyns, BBC News

Last year, [the Achuar tribe] filed a class action lawsuit against oil giant Occidental Petroleum, in Los Angeles... [They] allege that the company contaminated their territory during more than 30 years of oil drilling, making their people sick, even causing some to die, and damaging their land and livelihoods beyond repair... Occidental Petroleum, which pulled out of Peru eight years ago,... has responded, saying: "We are aware of no credible data of negative community health impacts resulting from Occidental's operations in Peru."... After Occidental left, its operations were taken over by Pluspetrol. Pluspetrol agreed to change practices in late 2006 when the Achuar, after repeated attempts to negotiate, took direct action.

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