News and Multimedia from 2009

Supreme Court Rejects Chevron Appeal Against Ecuadorian Oil Co.

29 June 2009 | Dow Jones

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it won't decide whether an Ecuadorian oil company can be held partially responsible in a $27 billion case against its former business partner, Texaco Petroleum Co., a unit of Chevron Corp.      Read more...

Four Senators Urge USTR to Ignore Chevron Petition On Ecuador Legal Case

Sens. Wyden, Casey, Durbin and Leahy Sign Letter Expressing “Concern” About Chevron Effort to Link Environmental Case to Trade Benefits
29 June 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Four U.S. Senators are urging the United States Trade Representative to reject efforts by Chevron to threaten the cancellation of trade benefits for Ecuador because the oil giant faces a $27.3 billion liability in the South American nation for dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into the Amazon rainforest.     Read more...

Chevron's Amazon 'Fake Cleanup' Trial

25 June 2009 | United Press International

A report submitted this week to a court in Ecuador finding dangerous levels of contamination at oil wells Chevron says it cleaned up in the 1990s is expected to reinforce a fraud indictment against two Chevron lawyers in a $27.3 billion environmental lawsuit against the oil company.     Read more...

New Evidence of Chevron Fraud From Final Judicial Inspections in $27 Billion Environmental Case

24 June 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Evidence that two Chevron lawyers committed fraud in Ecuador apparently has grown stronger with a new court-ordered report finding extensive levels of toxic contamination at two oil well sites that the company claimed to have “remediated” in the mid-1990s.      Read more...

Gene Randall “Reporting,” Inc.

Will journalists’ flight toward PR mean the end of reportorial integrity?
16 June 2009 | Columbia Journalism Review

Deep in the northern Ecuadoran rain forest, next to pits filled with noxious sludge, a lawyer on his very first case argued that a U.S. oil company had deliberately fouled a swath of jungle nearly the size of Delaware during two decades of production.     Read more...

Amazonian Leaders Blast Chevron CEO David O'Reilly For Deceitful Answers At Public Debate

Chevron Chief Clearly Uncomfortable With Ecuador Topic
16 June 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Amazonian leaders in Ecuador are blasting Chevron CEO David O'Reilly for engaging in "lies and deceit" during a public debate last week in San Francisco over energy-related topic that included the company's expected $27.3 billion liability in Ecuador.     Read more...

Oil and Indians Don't Mix

12 June 2009 | Truthout

Here's an easy way to find oil. Go to some remote and gorgeous natural sanctuary, say Alaska or the Amazon, find some Indians, then drill down under them.     Read more...

Chevron CEO David O'Reilly Tries to Duck Ecuador Controversy at Public Debate

Refuses to Talk About Ecuador At Commonwealth Club Debate
10 June 2009 | Amazon Watch

Battered by a shareholder revolt and negative publicity related to a potential $27 billion environmental liability in Ecuador, Chevron CEO David O'Reilly is refusing to appear at a public debate tonight unless the Ecuador issue is taken off the table as a discussion topic.     Read more...

At Least $37 Billion in Chevron Shares Voted to Defy O’Reilly’s Management Over Human Rights Issues At Annual Meeting

Major "No Confidence" Vote By Large Pension Funds
8 June 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

A new analysis of shareholder votes at Chevron's annual meeting in late May indicates the company's management suffered a far more serious rebuke over its growing human rights problems in Ecuador and elsewhere than originally had been reported.     Read more...

Chevron Providing Misleading Information to Shareholders about Failed Remediation

Evidence Shows Oil Giant Continues to Deceive Shareholders
4 June 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Battered by negative publicity and shareholder pressure over a potential $27 billion environmental liability in Ecuador, Chevron’s legal team is mischaracterizing the scientific evidence in a lawsuit to try to claim billions of gallons of toxic waste it dumped in the Amazon pose no risk to human health, representatives of the Amazon communities charged today.     Read more...