News and Multimedia from 2006

With Enron As Backdrop, Chevron Faces Mounting Corporate Governance Problems Of Its Own

SEC Complaint, Fraud Probe Over Ecuador Oil Disaster Raise Stakes as Concerned Shareholders Converge in Houston
Rainforest Indigenous Leader To Confront CEO David O’Reilly

25 April 2006 | Amazon Watch

Chevron CEO David O'Reilly and the company's top management have come to Enron's hometown for the annual shareholder's meeting only to face a rising tide of corporate governance problems over their handling of a potential multi-billion liability for oil contamination in Ecuador's rainforest.     Read more...

Chevron Hires "Hit Man" Anthropologist To Rewrite Indigenous History In Amazon

Shoddy Scholarship Infects Report Submitted To Court To Hide Possible Genocide Committed By Chevron Against Cofan
24 April 2006 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron's "hired gun" anthropologist, Dr. Eduardo Bedoya, has attempted to rewrite the indigenous history of the Cofan without interviewing a single member of the Cofan people, who are struggling to survive due to Chevron's extensive oil contamination in Ecuador's Amazon region.     Read more...

The Morning Show Examines Chevron's Ecuador Disaster

21 April 2006 | Morning Show, KPFA 94.1fm

Chevron Runs Amok in Ecuador - Interview with Steven Donzigor, attorney for the plaintiffs, and Leila Salazar-Lopez, Clean Up Ecuador organizer.     Read more...

Indigenous Lawsuit Targets Texaco

A lawsuit demanding Texaco clean up the region in Ecuador where it operated from 1972 to 1990 is a new model for international legal battles
19 April 2006 | Miami Herald

For years, Jose Garcia and his wife, Maria, drank, bathed and washed their clothes in river waters amidst the jungle, plantations and oil wells of eastern Ecuador. Today, Garcia, 36, a slender, sun-baked farmer, blames Texaco for his wife's uterine cancer and his own skin fungus infections.     Read more...

Chevron's Waste Management "Illegal", Experts Conclude

14 April 2006 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron's dumping of massive amounts of toxic waste in the Ecuadorian Amazon was a deliberate flouting of Ecuadorian law and best industry practice that knowingly threatened the health of local residents, an expert report has concluded.     Read more...

Chevron's "Attack and Distract" Campaign Hits New Low

Cornered By Evidence of Catastrophe, Company Attacks Lawyers And Experts For Affected Communities
14 April 2006 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Cornered by growing corporate governance problems and evidence that it is guilty of a massive oil contamination of the Amazon rainforest, lawyers for Chevron have invented a new round of bogus allegations as part of its ongoing "attack and distract" campaign designed to divert attention from the scientific results in a historic multi-billion dollar environmental trial.     Read more...

Chevron's Sampling Deliberately Underestimates Contamination, Report Warns

13 April 2006 | Amazon Defense Coalition

An expert report submitted to the Ecuadorian court in Chevron's landmark environmental trial alleges that the oil major's sampling and analysis methods are deliberately designed to avoid contamination.     Read more...

Report on Texaco's Waste Dumping Practices

5 April 2006

This study examines Texaco's handling of toxic waste and produced water in its operations in Ecuador, and concludes that the company knowingly used sub-standard environmental controls that it would not have used in its operations in the United States.     Read more...

March 2006 Summary of Evidence from Judicial Inspections

Latest Scientific Results Show Overwhelming Contamination in Former Texaco Concessions
17 March 2006

Scientific analyses of hundreds of water and oil samples taken from former Texaco concessions in the Ecuadorian Amazon now paint a detailed picture of the devastating toxic contamination left by the oil giant. The results are pivotal to the landmark class-action lawsuit brought in Ecuador by 30,000 rainforest dwellers against Chevron (formerly ChevronTexaco).     Read more...

Cornered By Evidence, Chevron Resorts To Increasingly Desperate Measures In Ecuador

Chevron Lawyers Harass Independent Laboratory To Hide Their Own Illegal Sampling Analyses
22 March 2006 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron is resorting to increasingly desperate measures to cover its tracks in the landmark environmental trial in Ecuador in which the oil giant faces a $6 billion clean-up tab.     Read more...