News and Multimedia from 2008

Chevron, Ecuador In Costly Environmental Dispute

Texaco is accused of failing to clean up billions of gallons of toxic waste in Ecuador.
18 September 2008 | Tell Me More, NPR

Oil giant Texaco, now owned by Chevron, is involved in an epic environmental lawsuit brought on behalf of the indigenous people of Ecuador's rain forest. Attorney Stephen Donziger, who works with the plaintiffs legal team, and Chevron spokesperson Kent Robertson discuss the case on NPR.     Read more...

Chevron's Troubles in Ecuador Continue to Mount with Fraud Indictment of High-level Executive

Ricardo Reis Veiga among Nine who Face Criminal Trial For Conspiring to Falsify Scientific Results of Clean-up
18 September 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador – A fraud indictment in Ecuador against a Chevron executive and seven government officials is based on a theory by the country's national prosecutor that the accused conspired to lie about an environmental clean-up so Chevron could escape a potential multi-billion dollar civil liability then pending in a U.S. court.     Read more...

Amazon Defense Coalition: Ecuador Court Report Underestimates Damages for Chevron's "Amazon Chernobyl" in Ecuador

$16 Billion Chevron Liability Could Rise If Groundwater and Surface Water Damage Included, Plaintiffs Say
New Criminal Indictment of Chevron Lawyers

16 September 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

An independent court-appointed expert in the environmental trial against Chevron in Ecuador should impose additional damages on the oil giant for groundwater and surface water contamination that could significantly increase the current $16.3 billion liability estimate.     Read more...

Battle Over Chevron's "Amazon Chernobyl" Comes to Washington, D.C.

CNN "Hero" Winner, Goldman Prize Winner, Cancer Nurse, and Tribal Leader to Combat Chevron Lobbying
16 September 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, DC – With pressure mounting in Ecuador from a major environmental lawsuit and criminal fraud indictment against Chevron lawyers, four residents of the Amazon rainforest will travel to Washington to discuss the devastating impact of the oil company's operations over three decades in what once was one of the world's most pristine jungles.     Read more...

Criminal Indictment of Chevron Lawyers Based on Wide Body of Scientific Evidence

Seven Ecuadorian Government Officials Also Charged with Conspiring with Chevron to Falsify Remediation Results
Company Hit with Multiple Scandals in Matter of Days

15 September 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

A criminal indictment in Ecuador against two Chevron lawyers, one an executive vice-president, is based on scientific evidence that the oil giant conspired with Ecuadorian government officials to falsify the results of an environmental clean-up to escape a potential multi-billion dollar civil liability pending in U.S. federal court.     Read more...

Chevron Lawyers Indicted by Ecuador in Oil-Pit Cleanup Dispute

13 September 2008 | Bloomberg

Two lawyers for Chevron Corp., the second-largest U.S. energy company, were indicted in Quito, Ecuador, over allegations stemming from a cleanup of oil pits that's now the subject of a multibillion dollar lawsuit.     Read more...

Two Chevron Lawyers Indicted in Ecuador

12 September 2008 | The American Lawyer

Chevron's Ecuadorian quagmire got deeper and dirtier today, with the announcement that two longtime lawyers for the company have been indicted by the Ecuadorian government.     Read more...

Chevron Caught Up in Oil Agency Scandal

12 September 2008 | San Francisco Chronicle

A government scandal mixing alleged drug use, cronyism and sex at a federal office that handles billions of dollars in oil-drilling royalties has ensnared Chevron Corp.     Read more...

Chevron's Environmental Clean-Up in Ecuador Falls Far Short of Company Claims, Report Says

Court Expert Finds More than 80% of Chevron Waste Pits in Amazon Rainforest Were Never Cleaned
"Devastating Blow" to Chevron, Assert Plaintiffs

10 September 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

An independent court-appointed expert in Ecuador has found that 42 out of 46 toxic waste pits inspected in the Amazon rainforest operated exclusively by Chevron contain high levels of toxins in violation of environmental norms in both Ecuador and the U.S.      Read more...

Evidence of Contamination at Texaco-Operated Sites

10 September 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

This chart summarizes laboratory results that show illegal levels of toxic contamination at 42 sites which were operated exclusively by Texaco, some of which Chevron claims were "completely remediated" in the 1990s. Such evidence gives the lie to Chevron's claim that the existing pollution is the sole responsibility of Petroecuador.     Read more...