Unintended Consequences

Journalists are among the most frequent violators (or victims, depending upon one's point of view) of the Law of Unintended Consequences.A case in point is our article updating the controversy over Occidental Petroleum Corp.'s SamorUnintended consequencesHere's where the unintended consequences come in. Soon after the article appeared, a friend forwarded an item swabbed from an internet newsletter, Drillbits & Tailings, by Project Underground, self-described as providing "support to communities fighting on the front lines of mining and oil operations worldwide."The item read: "In an editorial, the Oil & Gas Journal, the industry's main weekly publication, compared the stan...

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