News and Multimedia from 2009

Chevron Using Deep Pockets to Manufacture "Proof" in $27 Billion Environmental Trial

Army of Paid Consultants Seeks Favorable Media Coverage
13 August 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron is using its deep pockets to hire three public relations firms to strengthen a misinformation campaign to evade a $27.3 billion judgment against the company in Ecuador for creating the worst oil-related contamination on earth in the Amazon rainforest, said spokesmen for dozens of Amazonian communities in the South American nation.     Read more...

Chevron Withdraws Key Legal Claim Before U.S. Federal Court Over $27B Ecuador Liability

Facing Adverse Ruling, Company Chooses To Avoid Litigation Over Controversial Legal Release
3 August 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron has quietly withdrawn a key legal claim in U.S. federal court against Ecuador's government over a $27.3 billion environmental liability in the Amazon, casting doubt about the company's public statements that it will not pay for a clean-up and raising questions about the effectiveness of its legal strategy, according to court records and lawyers representing indigenous communities in Ecuador.     Read more...

Trailer for Crude: The Real Price of Oil

Trailer for Crude: The Real Price of Oil

28 July 2009

With the release of the documentary film CRUDE, we have an unprecedented opportunity to massively increase public demand that Chevron/Texaco be held accountable for its devastation of the Ecuadorian Amazon.     Read more...

Chevron Expects to Fight Ecuador Lawsuit in U.S.

As Largest Environmental Judgment on Record Looms, the Oil Company Reassures Shareholders It Won't Pay
20 July 2009 | Wall Street Journal

Chevron says it has given up the prospect of winning the case because the Ecuadorian court system is heavily influenced by President Rafael Correa, who has publicly sided with the plaintiffs. The company says it plans to appeal the case in Ecuador, but has little hope of prevailing.     Read more...

Does a Senior Obama Official Have Unseemly Ties to Notorious Human Rights Abuser Chevron?

The story of this slick oil company's romance with the government has recently taken a crude twist.
10 July 2009 | Alternet

"Giving Chevron an award for its fight against malaria is like giving Phillip Morris an award for smoking cessation programs," says Steve Kretzmann, a longtime environmental activist and Executive Director of Oil Change International.     Read more...

What's in a Name?

Critics are troubled by an award to Chevron named after Richard Holbrooke, a high-ranking Obama official.
7 July 2009 | Newsweek

It's no secret that Chevron finds lots of ways to influence the debate in Washington: they make campaign contributions, they hire high-powered lobbyists and they invest heavily in advertising campaigns to persuade the public (and capital decision makers) that they are good "corporate citizens."     Read more...

Chevron Fails in Effort to Lift Trade Benefits

2 July 2009 | Inter-Press Service

In the latest in a string of setbacks that could cost the U.S. oil giant Chevron billions of dollars in damages, President Barack Obama decided this week to extend trade preferences for Ecuadorean exports for another six months under the 1991 Andean Trade Preferences Act (ATPA).     Read more...

Chevron Rebuffed On Ecuador Trade Benefits By Obama Administration

Oil Giant Had Tried to Lobby USTR Over $27 Billion Environmental Liability in Ecuador’s Amazon
1 July 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In a setback over its attempt to avoid a $27 billion environmental liability, Chevron has failed for the third time in as many years to convince the Obama and Bush administrations to cancel bilateral trade benefits for Ecuador in retaliation for letting indigenous groups sue the oil giant in that country’s courts.

US Senators Seek Chevron/Ecuador Trial Without US Meddling

30 June 2009 | Reuters

Four senators have written to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, criticizing what they understand is a push by Chevron Corp to cut trade benefits for Ecuador, where the oil company faces a $27 billion claim in court.     Read more...

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Chevron Appeal Over $27 Billion Ecuador Environmental Case

Latest in Series of Legal Setbacks for Oil Giant
29 June 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear an appeal by Chevron of a decision by a U.S. federal trial judge that denied the oil giant's attempt to shift a $27.3 billion liability for environmental contamination in the Amazon rainforest to Ecuador's state-owned oil company.     Read more...