Friday, September 02, 2005

...Those who help themselves

Big Oil does not sit around waiting for the government to take care of them:

Coming to the aid of 1,500 employees and their families, oil producer and refiner Chevron Corp. is setting up a tent city in Mississippi to replace the homes that were destroyed or damaged in Hurricane Katrina.

The 500,000-square-foot camp, to be located near Chevron's temporarily closed refinery in Pascagoula, Miss., will be equipped with water, power, satellite communications, first aid and 3,000 ready-to-eat meals. The San Ramon-based company hopes to open the makeshift community Saturday.

....The Mississippi camp isn't the first that Chevron has set up to help out workers caught up in a natural disaster. Oil magnate J.D. Rockefeller, who ran the company that evolved into Chevron, established "Camp Rockefeller" nearly a century ago in Richmond, Calif. to care for 400 employees left destitute by the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco.

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