Monday, May 31st, 2010

Opinion: Neil Mckenzie on Chevron’s AGM

Neil Mckenzie oustide Chevron shareholder meeting

Neil Mckenzie oustide Chevron shareholder meeting

James Price Point traditional owner Neil Mckenzie and Wilderness Society activist Josh Coates are both in Houston Texas.

They say they were refused access to Chevron’s Annual General Meeting, despite the fact they hold proxy documents from shareholders granting them legal access.

Chevron shareholder meeting small

Protestors from North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia are all in this photograph with the proxy documents they say were not honoured.

You can read Neil McKenzie’s statement here:

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James Price Point (Kimberley, WA) Traditional Owner Neil Mckenzie today was refused entry to the Chevron annual general meeting in Houston Texas despite holding proxy documents giving him the legal right to enter.

Mr Mckenzie is in Houston at the invitation of the True Cost of Chevron network (www.truecostofchevron.com) to convey the concerns of Jabbir Jabbir (James Price Point) Indigenous people regarding the proposed LNG facility in the Kimberley, Western Australia to the shareholders and board of Chevron and raise awareness globally.

The meeting ended in some arrests and was framed by a large protest rally held outside the building. Read more – http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2010/05/chevron_protest.php

Mr Mckenzie, Traditional Owner, Kimberley tourism operator and family man said after the meeting “Chevron and their joint venture partners and also the Premier of Western Australia Mr. Colin Barnett propose to build a massive LNG processing facility on my country at James Price Point near Broome on the Kimberley coast in north-west Western Australia. I am here to inform the board, and shareholders of Chevron, and it’s partners, that they do not have approval from the majority of the Indigenous Traditional Custodians for the area including the senior Law Boss for Goolarabulu Mr. Joseph Roe.”

“I feel dismay at Chevron’s refusal to allow my voice to be heard at the meeting, but I am determined that my message will be heard as I continue to send my message to the American media and speak at the series of public meetings I have ahead of me while here in the United States of America” added Mr. McKenzie.

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