Ok, so let’s give this blog a little more edge. I’m quite happy with the media service LinkedIn is providing because one gets a little bit more than what you expect in regular news. I had quite a few articles on Chevron and its leases on Romanian soil for exploration of shale gas resources being interested both in the environmental aspect but also on the lack of public debate.
Chevron’s activity produced quite an upheaval in Romania mainly because the superficial public debate was politically tainted being also part of a parliamentarian motion of no confidence and later on part of the Government programme of action.
According to Quartz.com, Chevron had lost a lawsuit battle in Ecuador against the Lago Agrio plaintiffs (LAP) who claimed that Texaco (bought by Chevron in 2001) had allegedly polluted the Amazon rain forest. The plaintiffs won the gruesome battle in 2011 with a $19 billion judgment.
Now of course, Chevron is filing suit against Patton Boggs, the law firm representing the plaintiffs thus seeking to prove that the environmental expertise produced by Patton Boggs has been forged or ghostwritten and misrepresents the reality. Basically, it will be about who has the best lawyers in town. Since the involved lawyers started to withdraw and repudiate their work, this sounds like a life and death pollution court trial.
Oh, I do hope Romania thinks about people and environment protection before engaging on risky shale gas wonders!