After merging with Texaco in 2001, Chevron became the second-largest U.S. integrated oil company, with almost $200 billion in annual sales. The company operates about 9,500 service stations in the United States.
In 2001, villagers were reported to have been killed while protesting environmental damage by Chevron in the Niger Delta. Three years later, a San Francisco federal court refused Chevron's motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of Nigerians who hold the company responsible for the deaths of four other demonstrators at an oil terminal in the delta. The case is ongoing.
In 2001, The Sierra Club reported on Texaco's dismal environmental record in the Amazon. Today the $6 billion pollution case against Chevron is reaching its final stages. According to Amazon Watch, the evidence against Chevron is damning. For instance, one soil sample from a Chevron well site inspected by the Ecuadoran court contained toxic substances that exceeded maximum amounts permitted by U.S. law by 3,250 times, and of 252 water samples taken by Chevron, 99 percent had pollutants that exceeded maximum limits allowed under Ecuadoran environmental laws. Chevron denies all charges and disputes the evidence.
A 2005 report by Jantzi Research ranked Chevron below average for its social and environmental practices.
Chevron faced 577 fines and settlements in 2005, costing $4.3 million. Health and safety violations accounted for 459 of them, which added up to $142,000; the remaining 118--and the majority of the cost--stemmed from environmental issues.
According to the Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia, Chevron's gas project on Barrow Island could negatively impact a nearby nature reserve and turtle-nesting area.
STANCE ON GLOBAL WARMING
In 2005, Chevron met its goal of no net increase in greenhouse-gas emissions compared with 2004. In 2005, its products emitted 374 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent, about 1.5 percent of global emissions, based on estimates by the International Energy Agency.
As a member of the Business Roundtable, Chevron opposes mandatory caps on greenhouse-gas emissions.
In 2004 and 2005, Chevron committed more than $300 million a year to renewable and clean energy projects, including a wind farm in the Netherlands and solar photovoltaic installations in California; Guatemala City; London; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
ChevronTexaco owns and operates the following gas stations :
The nearest Gulf Station is located on Route 30 heading away from Philadelphia, past K-Mart, Whole Foods, as well as the BP, Sunoco, and Liberty Gas Stations in Devon and before the Citizens Bank.