Today, I can offer evidence that I scooped The New York Times by almost 100 days when I published my Jan. 21 post, Company That Earned Millions from Gulf Cleanup Tangled in Suit That Could Cost Chevron $113B.
I opened my post by asking a question, “What do the BP Deepwater Horizon “disaster” of 2010, the $113 billion lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar have in common?” and providing the answer: Stratus Consulting Inc. of Boulder, Colo., was involved in the first two and, possibly, the third. Then I went on to highlight the role the company played in writing a consultant’s report that is at the center of what is now being referred to as a racketeering lawsuit.
Today, the Times published a story on the same subject matter in its Energy & Environment section under a headline that included the “R” word — Defendant in Racketeering Suit Works as U.S. Consultant on Gulf Spill — and was followed by this bombshell paragraph:
An environmental consulting firm named as a defendant in a racketeering suit filed by Chevron Corp. over a landmark pollution lawsuit in Ecuador is continuing to work on another blockbuster case: the Deepwater Horizon oil spill investigation.
And there you have it! Next time you get ready to turn to the “Old Gray Lady” for news, think again! It’s probably been covered here already!