Chevron's Bogus Cleanup
In a telling echo of the of Ecuador case, Chevron is accused in Indonesia of failing to properly clean up the toxic mess at its former drilling sites in Riau province, on the eastern coast of Sumatra. In October 2011, a public complaint led to an investigation by the local attorney general's office that revealed Chevron Pacific Indonesia hired unqualified contractors to clean contaminated soil. According to the investigation, the work was never completed and allegedly cost the state $23 million in losses. Five executives of Chevron Pacific Indonesia are named as suspects in the corruption case and face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
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Long History of Controversy
As Indonesia's largest oil producer, Chevron has been producing oil in Indonesia since 1952. Chevron remained active in Indonesia throughout the bloody Suharto dictatorship (1965-1998). During that period and afterward, Chevron has employed brutal measures to quiet protests, including utilizing Indonesia's notorious security services, frequently bringing charges of human rights abuse.
For example, on January 27, 2000, Chevron paid the special Indonesia security force BRIMOB to suppress a series of actions and protests over land disputes and employment. As a result of the brutality of BRIMOB, 15 people involved in the protests against Chevron were wounded and five were hospitalized.
On October 28 2010, CPI's oil pipeline exploded in Riau Province. Two girls suffered burn wounds when they were covered with hot crude oil spurting 10 meters high from the exploded pipe.
In Central Sumatra, local small farmers accused Chevron of land grabbing and strong-arming poor peasants and villagers. Frequent protests exploded in October 2010, with locals blockading roads and facing off against heavily armed riot police.
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Chevron's Assets in Indonesia
Chevron is the biggest oil producer in Indonesia, with total daily production in 2011 averaging 442,000 barrels of liquids and 636 million cubic feet of natural gas.
In Sumatra, the company owns and operates the Rokan and Siak production sharing contracts. Chevron also has interests in four offshore contracts that cover some 2.8 million acres in the Kutei Basin.
The company has a 51 percent operating interest in two onshore blocks in West Papua, and a 25 percent interest in the offshore South Natuna Sea Block B.