This video from the USA says about itself:
Chevron Texaco: Ecuador‘s Black Plague
From 1964 to 1992 Texaco (now Chevron) built and operated oil exploration and production facilities in the northern region of the Ecuadorian Amazon, known as the “Oriente”.
Chevron loses attempt to reduce payment in suit by Amazon rainforest natives
October 8, 2008
Chevron lost its attempt to force arbitration in a case in which it could be liable for billions of dollars to pay for cleaning up damages to the Amazon rainforest in eastern Ecuador.
According to the Associated Press, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld a lower court’s June 2007 decision rejecting Chevron‘s attempt to seek arbitration which the oil giant hoped would force the Ecuadorean[s] to help pay for clean up costs.
The long-running suit alleges that Texaco â€” acquired by Chevron in 2001 â€” dumped 18.5 billion gallons of toxic waste into Amazon waterways from 1964 to 1990, harming local indigenous communities and damaging the environment in one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems. The oil company built roughly 1000 unlined open-air waste pits that have been leeching toxins into the soil and groundwater for decades.
The set back for Chevron comes after a July report revealed that the oil firm has hired lobbyists to persuade the Bush administration and Congress to threaten the use of trade sanctions against Ecuador to get it off the hook for damages. A March ruling forced Chevron to disclose its potential liability in the suit to shareholders. The firm would have to pay $7.2-16.3 billion in damages if the judge accepts an assessment by a court-appointed special master.
See also here.
Ecuador‘s new constitution reveals tensions in Latin America: here.
Calling Foreign Debt ‘Immoral,’ Leader Allows Ecuador to Default: here.
With regard to the above-mentioned ruling by the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, please note the company’s statement on the matter:
“This procedural ruling does not address the merits of the dispute, which Chevron will continue to pursue.
“The Courts decision to deny Chevron the contractual remedy of arbitration will require us to pursue other avenues to ensure that the government of Ecuador lives up to its legal and contractual obligations.
“Chevron remains firm on its position that the government of Ecuador and Petroecuador must comply with their contractual obligations, which they have consistently repudiated.
The Government’s efforts to avoid all responsibility under their Settlement & Release Agreements to Chevron calls into question Ecuadors eligibility to receive preferential trade treatment from the United States.
“Chevron has repeatedly raised other concerns about the ability to get a fair trial in Ecuador. The company recently asked the Lago Agrio court to investigate fraud in a report submitted by a court-appointed expert, who the company says fabricated evidence and presented unsupported conclusions to justify an astronomical and absurd damages proposal.
“We will continue to press Petroecuador and the Republic of Ecuador to fulfill their obligations both to indemnify us for any costs associated with the ongoing environmental litigation in Ecuador, and to honor their responsibilities for any and all environmental issues that may exist in the former concession areas.”
Hi Chevron, economic crisis or no economic crisis; apparently Big Oil still has money to pay for cutting and pasting its propaganda on blogs. And money to lobby the Bush administration, which fortunately will be gone soon, for measures against the people of Ecuador. What would you like if Ecuador does not comply; another invasion with US soldiers’ blood for Big Oil profits, like in Iraq?
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The first fuel-handling facility in the Galápagos Islands—a region of great biodiversity and evolutionary importance—was given official environmental certification today, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced. The facility underwent extreme renovations in order to meet certification standards, which are part of a 10-year plan developed by WWF and Toyota, in conjunction with the Ecuadorian Government, to transform high pollution energy systems currently in use in the Galápagos to more sustainable and renewable energy sources. It is one of only a few facilities in Latin America to hold this certification.
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