Ex-pro adds fuel to Chevron PR fire

HONOLULU: In the wake of allegations that Chevron willfully obstructed the state’s gasoline price investigation, the company is struggling to put out a potentially deadly PR fire before it spreads. But throwing gas onto the flames is former Chevron PR manager David Young, a key witness in the state’s dollars 2 billion gasoline price-fixing lawsuit against Chevron and other major oil companies.

HONOLULU: In the wake of allegations that Chevron willfully obstructed the state’s gasoline price investigation, the company is struggling to put out a potentially deadly PR fire before it spreads. But throwing gas onto the flames is former Chevron PR manager David Young, a key witness in the state’s dollars 2 billion gasoline price-fixing lawsuit against Chevron and other major oil companies.

HONOLULU: In the wake of allegations that Chevron willfully

obstructed the state’s gasoline price investigation, the company is

struggling to put out a potentially deadly PR fire before it spreads.

But throwing gas onto the flames is former Chevron PR manager David

Young, a key witness in the state’s dollars 2 billion gasoline

price-fixing lawsuit against Chevron and other major oil companies.



Young is alleging that he presented false testimony - prepared by

Chevron lawyers - to the Hawaii state legislature during the

investigation last decade. But the company, which is describing Young as

a disgruntled ex-employee, isn’t going down without a fight.



’It’s inappropriate for people to draw conclusions at this point - the

case is still in the courts,’ said Chevron public affairs manager Albert

Chee. He noted that the company is providing staff at its 82 retail

locations throughout Hawaii with up-to-date information about the

lawsuit’s progress.



But while Chevron has denied the allegations, critics argue the company

has provided no new information. ’It’s a hard sell to make consumers

believe, for instance, that you don’t know how your profits broke down

state by state,’ said Institute for Crisis Management president Larry

Smith.



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