Chevron Lobbies to Head Off New Sanctions on Myanmar

Final month, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, with out naming names, pressured personal firms to rethink offering assist for Myanmar’s navy after the coup.

“Some international locations and a few corporations in varied elements of the world have vital investments in enterprises that assist the Burmese navy,” Mr. Blinken stated in releasing the State Division’s annual report on human rights abuses worldwide. “They need to be taking a look at these investments and reconsidering them as a method of denying the navy the monetary assist it must maintain itself towards the desire of the folks.”

Braden Reddall, a spokesman for Chevron, stated in an announcement that “we condemn the human rights abuses in Myanmar and we assist the folks of the nation on their journey to a contemporary, peaceable and affluent democracy.”

Mr. Reddall stated Chevron is “a nonoperating associate” within the Yadana discipline by an affiliate, which he stated doesn’t management direct funds to Myanmar Oil and Fuel Enterprise, apart from earnings taxes. “If we don’t pay our taxes, we stand in breach of contract, which might put staff at undue danger of legal expenses,” he stated.

He recommended that there may very well be different damaging unwanted effects from sanctions for folks within the area, together with the disruption of power provides. Fuel from Yadana accounts for about 8 p.c of the electrical energy in Thailand and round half of all electrical energy in Myanmar’s largest metropolis, Yangon, Mr. Reddall stated, including that the power “is essential for houses, colleges, hospitals” and communication.

Yadana, he stated, is “a mature discipline that requires ongoing upkeep to keep up security and future manufacturing.” If the sector had been to be shut down for an prolonged interval, he stated, it “might adversely have an effect on its future manufacturing potential.”

Mr. Reddall stated Chevron has not had any contact with the brand new navy authorities and has “had no discussions with MOGE on the potential for sanctions.” He declined to debate Chevron’s lobbying actions apart from to say that the corporate “complies with all legal guidelines and rules wherever we function.”

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