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DECEMBER 1, 1998   3:19 PM
CONTACT: US Public Interest Research Group
Athan Manuel, 202/546-9707 or
Simon Billenness, Franklin Research and Development, 617/423-6655, ext. 225
Groups File Arctic Shareholder Resolution with Chevron: Call on Company to Cancel Drilling Plans for Arctic Refuge
WASHINGTON - December 1 - Arctic activists announced the filing of a shareholder resolution calling on Chevron to "unconditionally cancel any future plans for oil drilling in Coastal Plain, 1002 area, of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and immediately stop the expenditure of any corporate funds targeted to achieve this objective."

"It is time to expand support for preserving the Arctic from the streets into the boardroom," said Athan Manuel, director of the Public Interest Research Group's (PIRG) Save the Arctic Wilderness campaign. "The coastal plain is a national treasure of incalculable value. We urge Chevron to preserve the Refuge, not plunder it."

In June 1998, Chevron, British Petroleum, and the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) finalized a lease for oil exploration and development in the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge. The ASRC and Kaktovik Inupiat Corporation jointly own 92,000 acres on the coastal plain near Kaktovik, the only community within the boundaries of the Refuge. The oil industry already has access to 95 per cent of America's Arctic.

Franklin Research and Development filed the resolution with Chevron. The state PIRGs' national lobbying office, U.S. PIRG, is coordinating a national campaign to protect the Arctic Refuge from drilling.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the last pristine areas left in the United States. Caribou, muskoxen, wolves, polar, brown and black bears, and hundreds of thousands of migratory birds rely on the wilderness habitat that the Refuge provides.

The Gwich'in, which means "people of the caribou," have lived in and around the Refuge for thousands of years. Their subsistence culture depends on the caribou herd.

"From Nigeria to Northern Alaska, Chevron has despoiled the environment and trampled rights of the people on whose lands they operate," said Simon Billenness, Senior Analyst with Franklin Research and Development. "It is time to draw the line and tell Chevron: 'This far and no further.'"

In addition to U.S. PIRG and Franklin Research and Development, Green Century Capital Management, the Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, Brian McWilliams, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union*, Greenpeace, Gwich'in Steering Committee, The Wilderness Society, Trustees for Alaska, Rainforest Action Network, and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center are calling on companies to refrain from drilling in the Arctic. Similar resolutions have been filed with ARCO and Exxon. For more on the shareholder resolutions please visit PIRG's web site at

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* organization listed for identification purposes only.

U.S. PIRG is the national lobbying office for the state Public Interest Research Groups. PIRGs are non-partisan, non-profit environmental and consumer watchdog organizations that are active across the country.

Franklin Research and Development is the oldest and largest independent investment firm that specializes solely in socially responsible investment. Founded in 1982, the firm manages over $500 million in client assets.




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