News and Multimedia from 2009

SEC Rejects Chevron Attempt to Block Shareholder Resolution on Ecuador Environment Case

Chevron Fines Have Tripled In Recent Years
8 April 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

WASHINGTON – The Securities and Exchange Commission has rejected an attempt by Chevron management to block a vote by shareholders on a high-profile resolution that threatens to focus attention on the company’s record-breaking $27 billion environmental liability in Ecuador, according to a letter made available by the regulatory agency on its website.      Read more...

Chevron P.R. Director Donald Samson Behind Secret Payments to Bloggers to Hide Ecuador Liability

Shareholders Increasingly Nervous About Possible $27 Billion Liability for Oil GiantMisinformation Posted by Zennie Abraham Paid For By Oil Giant
31 March 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

San Francisco, CA (March 31, 2009) -- Chevron public relations director Donald Samson is orchestrating secret payments to bloggers to make on-line postings attacking Ecuador’s courts for determining the oil giant might owe up to $27 billion for the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic waste into the rainforest, the Amazon Defense Coalition charged today. The practice of paying bloggers for editorial content is considered highly unethical and Chevron shareholders should be aware company management engages in the practice to hide its actual financial risk in Ecuador, said Julio Prieto, a lawyer for the group, which represents 30,000 rainforest residents in the legal case.     Read more...

Film Depicting Chevron's Amazon Chernobyl To Have D.C. Premiere on Capitol Hill

U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern Hosts Screening
26 March 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, DC – The acclaimed film Crude, a compelling independent documentary about the epic legal battle between indigenous tribes and oil giant Chevron over massive oil contamination in Ecuador's rainforest, will have its D.C. premiere on Capitol Hill March 31st.     Read more...

New Evidence of Fraud in Chevron's "Amazon Chernobyl" In Ecuador

On Eve of Final Inspections, Proof that Dozens of Waste Pits Never Touched Were Counted As "Remediated"
25 March 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

With judicial inspections in Chevron's long-running environmental trial in Ecuador about to end, new proof has emerged that the oil giant never touched the majority of toxic waste pits that it certified as "clean" to Ecuador's government in exchange for a legal release, said a lawyer for the Amazon Defense Coalition.     Read more...

Trudie Styler: Why I Had To Use My Celebrity To Try To Save the Rainforest

22 March 2009 | The Observer

The film producer, champion of ecological causes and wife of Sting, talks about the environmental outrage at the heart of her new screen project, and why - as a frequent flyer - she dismisses carbon offsetting as 'a crock'.     Read more...

Chevron Lawyers Explode In Anger After More Oil Found at "Remediated" Sites In Ecuador Trial

Tirade Marks End of Difficult Week of Setbacks for Chevron In $27 Billion Case
15 March 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

After a frustrating week of setbacks in an environmental trial in Ecuador's rainforest, two Chevron lawyers exploded in anger at representatives of the victims after a technical expert demonstrated for the third time in a week that oil was visible at a well site that the company claimed to have "remediated" a decade ago.     Read more...

Oil Visible At "Remediated" Sites As Judge Rejects Chevron's Motion to Delay $27 Billion Trial

Chevron's Legal Strategy Backfires During Ecuador Court Inspections
11 March 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

As part of a last-ditch effort to delay a final decision in the world's largest environmental trial, additional soil testing demanded by Chevron backfired Tuesday when waste pits in Ecuador's Amazon jungle that the company claimed to have "cleaned" a decade ago revealed large amounts of oil clearly visible to the naked eye.     Read more...

Chevron Spokesman James Craig Blasted by Rainforest Leaders for Meddling In Historic Environmental Trial

Complaints to Be Filed In Ecuador and United States
9 March 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Amazonian leaders today blasted James Craig, an American public relations official with Chevron affiliated with the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, for undermining a long-running environmental trial in Ecuador where the oil giant faces a $27 billion liability for dumping toxic waste into the rainforest.     Read more...

Chevron Abusing Courts to Delay Judgment in $27 Billion Environmental Suit, Amazon Leaders Say

20 February 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Trying to make good on its promise of a "lifetime of litigation" for indigenous groups in the Amazon, Chevron is using fraudulent tactics to delay an Ecuadorian trial court.     Read more...

Chevron Misleads SEC Over Ecuador Lawsuit, Assert Rainforest Residents

Information in 10-Q Called "Dishonest" and "Misleading"
17 February 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron is deceiving shareholders and the financial markets by filing misleading information with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to downplay its $27 billion potential liability in a environmental lawsuit in Ecuador, representatives for the plaintiffs in that case asserted today.     Read more...