International activists refused entry to Chevron's AGM in Houston. Photo by Johnathon McIntosh
With other indigenous leaders from around the world, Neil McKenzie, co-chair of Save the Kimberley, joined Perth-based Wilderness Society represenative, Josh Coates to protest the poor environmental track record of Chevron. Coates and McKenzie were among many who were denied entry into a Chevron shareholders meeting last Wednesday. McKenzie was in Houston on the invitation of the True Cost of Chevron network ( www.truecostofchevron.com
) to convey the concerns of the Jabirr Jabirr people regarding the proposed LNG precinct at James Price Point. The network has also put together the Chevron Alternate Annual Report, detailing environmental devastation caused by the oil giant around the world. Other indigenous protesters came from as far as Nigeria, Canada, and Burma.
McKenzie stated, “Chevron and their joint venture partners and also the Premier of Western Australia, Mr. Colin Barnett, propose to build a massive LNG processing facility on my country at James Price Point near Broome on the Kimberley coast in north-west Western Australia. I am here to inform the board, and shareholders of Chevron, and it’s partners, that they do not have approval from the majority of the Indigenous Traditional Custodians for the area including the senior Law Boss for Goolarabooloo Mr. Joseph Roe.
“I feel dismay at Chevron’s refusal to allow my voice to be heard at the meeting, but I am determined that my message will be heard as I continue to send my message to the American media and speak at the series of public meetings I have ahead of me while here in the United States of America.”
According to The Wilderness Society’s media release of the event, “Of the 37 delegates from the True Cost of Chevron Network with validly executed proxy statements, only seven were allowed to enter the meeting, contradicting Chevron’s own policies and in potential violations of corporate governance laws.”
Several of the protesters were arrested.
For more information, see Houston Press article: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2010/05/chevron_protest.php
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