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Chevron Toxico: The Campaign for Justice in Ecuador

Geschreven op 8-3-2010 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Milieu Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Chevron ToxicoFor over three decades, Chevron chose profit over people. While drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon from 1964 to 1990, Texaco – which merged with Chevron in 2001 – deliberately dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater, spilled roughly 17 million gallons of crude oil, and left hazardous waste in hundreds of open pits dug out of the forest floor.

To save money, Texaco chose to use environmental practices that were obsolete, did not meet industry standards, and were illegal in Ecuador and the United States.

The result was, and continues to be, one of the worst environmental disasters on the planet. Contamination of soil, groundwater, and surface streams has caused local indigenous and campesino people to suffer a wave of mouth, stomach and uterine cancer, birth defects, and spontaneous miscarriages. Chevron has never cleaned up the mess it inherited, and its oil wastes continue to poison the rainforest ecosystem.

Today, 30,000 Ecuadorians are demanding justice in a landmark class action lawsuit. Despite Chevron’s repeated efforts to sabotage the trial, an independent court-appointed expert recently deemed Chevron responsible for up to $27 billion in damage.

It is time for shareholders, consumers, and the public to hold Chevron accountable for its actions. Learn more about the history of Chevron’s “Rainforest Chernobyl” , or Take Action in the fight for justice in the Amazon! See this video message from Ecuador to Chevron CEO John Watson.

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3 Reacties

  1. Gary zegt:

    8 maart 2010 om 20:32 | Permalink

    The largest oil-related environmental disaster in the world

    Chevron dumped over 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Now they are trying to hide their disaster and launching public relations campaigns about “human energy”. The truth is Chevron’s actions cause death, cancer, birth defects, miscarriages and the worst oil related destruction of the Amazon. They damage is estimate at up to $16 billion. Chevron can’t hide its actions any longer and should pay up. Visit Chevron Toxico to learn more and take action!

    Chevron’s Corporate Energy

  2. Erik van Erne zegt:

    21 januari 2017 om 11:49 | Permalink

    The True Story of Chevron’s Ecuador Disaster

    Over three decades of oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Chevron dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into the rainforest, leaving local people suffering a wave of cancers, miscarriages and birth defects. Now, with the support of an international campaign for justice, the communities affected by Chevron’s negligence are holding one of the world’s largest oil companies to account.

  3. David zegt:

    21 januari 2017 om 11:54 | Permalink

    The Chevron Tapes: Oil Giant’s Corruption & Toxic Pollution Exposed in the Amazon Rainforest

    In 2011, Amazon Watch received a mysterious package from a Chevron whistleblower. No return address, just dozens of DVDs and a note: “I hope this is useful for you in the trial against Texaco/Chevron! Signed, a friend from Chevron.”

    Chevron, which bought Texaco in 2001, had just been found guilty for one of the worst environmental disasters on the planet in Ecuador’s rainforest. Ordered to pay $9.5 billion to clean up their contamination, Chevron instead fled the country and sued the communities in the U.S. for extortion.

    The tapes are internal company videos documenting Chevron’s efforts to hide contamination during the trial. All were titled “pre-inspection” with dates and places of the former oil production sites where Chevron sought to plan its sampling strategy to mislead the Ecuadorian court during the judicially-supervised site inspections. Presented here is a small sampling edited for time.

    After legal efforts by Chevron to keep these from seeing the light of day, here they are for the first time.

    Chevron technicians are secretly surveying the company’s former oil fields and well sites it allegedly cleaned up in advance of a site visit by the presiding judge in the Ecuador trial.

    They hope to find areas free of crude waste so on the day of the judicial inspection Chevron can take “clean” soil and water samples to submit to the court as evidence. The task was harder than they had thought.

    Chevron also conducted interviews with residents living on or near contaminated sites that the company claims to have cleaned up in 1998.

    After 22 years of litigation, Chevron has vowed to fight the Ecuadorian indigenous and farmer communities until “hell freezes over” and then “fight it out on the ice.” Meanwhile, the affected people continue to live with the pollution and lack potable water and health care.

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