Halliburton can run …

… but it can’t hide. So say the company’s detractors who are traveling from far and wide to protest at Halliburton’s annual meeting in Duncan, Okla. on Wednesday morning.
The embattled Houston-based company is best known for its business in Iraq, where it derived 25 percent of its 2005 revenues — although a lot less of its profits — from government contracts.
Typically, Halliburton holds its annual gathering of shareholders in a Houston hotel. But in recent years the company has drawn a parade of protesters, with everybody from angry mothers of soldiers fighting in Iraq to some guy in a giant pink pig suit carrying a banner that read: “Hallibacon” taking it to the streets to speak out against the company.
This year Halliburton opted to return to its birthplace in Duncan, but the company swears the move isn’t a ploy to shake off the naysayers.
“Absolutely not. We are holding our meeting in Duncan because we are a company that values our tradition and spirit of innovation — much of which was started in Duncan more than 80 years ago,” company spokeswoman Cathy Mann told Reuters.
Halliburton dissenters say they can see right through the rhetoric.
“They’re relocating to a city where they don’t actually have to be accountable to their own shareholders. They’re going to a town they have in their pocket,” said Maureen Haver of the Houston Global Awareness Collective.
Some activists have not been deterred by the remote locale. As of Tuesday night, Oklahoma Veterans of Peace, a group of Benedictine nuns and environmental activists from Nigeria to Peru have all descended on this tiny town that’s two hours south of Oklahoma City and three hours north of Dallas.