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Judge in Ecuador fines Chevron $8.6bn in historic indigenous rights case

February 16, 2011
By Madeleine Lee and Jay Ruskin
United for Peace of Pierce County

In the latest development in a lawsuit that began against Texaco eighteen years ago and that Chevron has inherited, on Monday a judge in Ecuador fined the oil supermajor $8bn for "widespread contamination of the Amazon basin," the London *Guardian* reported Monday.[1]  -- Chevron called the judgment "illegitimate and unenforceable."  --  The Journal of Ireland gave a breakdown of the award and emphasized that the suit was motivated by the devastation Texaco inflicted on indigenous peoples of the area.[2]  --  A joint press release from Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network called the case "historic  and unprecedented" and said this was "the first time Indigenous people  have sued a multinational corporation in the country where the crime was committed and won."[3]  --  The website Planetsave.com described the legal hardball in which Chevron is engaging in an effort to evade liability.[4]  --  For further background, see a 2007 piece by Greg Palast, which already noted:  "Chevron has removed all its assets from Ecuador."[5]  

 

Notes:

1. CHEVRON FINED $8bn OVER AMAZON 'CONTAMINATION'

** Ecuadorian judge finds oil giant responsible for widespread damage to Amazon basin caused by drilling **

By Dominic Rushe and Rory Carroll
Guardian (London)
February 14, 2011

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/feb/14/chevron-contaminate-ecuador

 

2. CHEVRON FINED $8.6bn FOR AMAZON POLLUTION

The Journal (Ireland)
February 15, 2011

http://www.thejournal.ie/chevron-fined-8-6bn-for-amazon-pollution-2011-2/

 

3. STATEMENT ON ECUADOR COURT RULING AGAINST CHEVRON

** Evidence Prevails Over Oil Giant's Intimidation Tactics **

[Press release]
Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network
February 14, 2011

http://amazonwatch.org/news/2011/0214-statement-on-ecuador-court-ruling-against-chevron

 

4. CHEVRON INSULTS AND ATTACKS INDIGENOUS PEOPLE IN ECUADOR, COUNTER-SUES

By ZacharY Shahan
February 14, 2011

http://planetsave.com/2011/02/14/chevron-insults-and-attacks-indigenous-people-in-ecuador-counter-sues/

  

5. WAR PAINT AND LAWYERS: RAINFOREST INDIANS VERSUS BIG OIL

** Chevron:  'Nobody has proved that crude causes cancer' **

By Greg Palast
November 26, 2007

http://www.gregpalast.com/war-paint-and-lawyers-rainforest-indians-versus-big-oil/

 

http://www.ufppc.org/us-a-world-news-mainmenu-35/10194/