Oh, snap. The Goldman Environmental Prize, which just happens to be the most prestigious and high-profile environmental justice award on the planet, was announced yesterday in San Francisco. And the winners are Ecuadoran activist/lawyer types Pablo Fajardo Mendoza and Luis Yanza, for their work demanding compensation for twenty years of environmental devastation. The losers? None other than San Ramon's very own Chevron, which spent twenty years committing said devastation, in the form of 18 billion gallons of oily water, cancer clusters, and miscarriages galore.
So it may not be a surprise to learn that Chevron representatives were really, really unhappy when they got wind that the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund planned to slap them around a bit. When the oil giant's press team learned that the Ecuadorans planned a press conference at the Fairmont Hotel, they quickly booked their very own room to present their side of the story. "We tried to reach out to the Goldman Foundation when we heard they might be in consideration, but we were stiff-armed," Chevron spokesman David Samson told the Chron. "No one ever cared to hear our side of the story." Cue the world's smallest violin.