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Chevron Officials Contest Choice of Goldman Environmental Prize Recipients

Chevron officials...[are] available...to speak...about the company’s objection to the Goldman Foundation over its selection of personal injury lawyer Pablo Fajardo and his associate, Luis Yanza, who were revealed today as 2008 Goldman prize recipients. Chevron regrets that the organizers of the Goldman Environmental Prize were skillfully misled into naming Mr. Fajardo and Mr. Yanza as prize winners. According to [spokesperson] Kent Robertson: "While both Mr. Fajardo and Mr. Yanza are being lauded as environmental crusaders, the truth is their actions have protected the culprit -- state-owned oil company Petroecuador. They have even tried to block clean up efforts and extended miserable conditions for those they say they are defending.

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