Brazil Arrests 17 Chevron Oil Execs For “Environmental Crimes”


Brazil Arrests 17 Chevron Oil Execs For “Environmental Crimes”

Reposted From http://www.talkradionews.com
By Thom Hartmann 3/24/2012 5:25 PM

Brazil is going to great lengths to protect its commons.

Seventeen executives, including American citizens, working with Chevron
and oil rig contractor Transocean, have been charged with crimes against
the environment in Brazil after an oil spill off the coast poured about
three thousand barrels of oil into Brazilian waters last November. If
found guilty – the corporate executives could face up to 31 years in
prison.

The lead prosecutor in the case told Reuters he was tired of big oil
corporations escaping accountability for ruining the environment saying,
“We need to change the parameters. If companies don’t listen to
millions, we have to ask for billions.”

After the spill – Brazilian authorities immediately suspended all of
Chevron’s drilling operations and banned the corporation from further
oil explorations off the coast. Transocean is a familiar name – it was
the corporation operating the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in
the Gulf back in 2010 – leading to the death of 11 workers and the
worst ecological disaster in American history.

But that’s where the similarities between Brazil and the United States
end. Because unlike Brazil – where corporate oil-industry criminals are
actually arrested and held to account – not one corporate executive in
the U.S. has yet been charged for their role in the death of 11 people
in the Gulf and the permanent destruction of coastal ecosystems. And
even worse, BP continues to expand its drilling operations in the the
deep waters of the United States like nothing ever happened….

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