News and Multimedia from 2011

Press Kit on the Lago Agrio Ruling and Chevron's Retaliatory Attacks

March 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

On February 14th, a court in Lago Agrio, Ecuador ruled in favor of the residents of the Amazonian rainforest who have spent the last 18 years trying to force Chevron executives to clean up their deadly mess. Here are some essential documents for understanding this decision and the current status of the case.     Read more...

Damning Video of Former Chevron Employee Sheds Light on Case for Justice in Ecuador

Video Reveals the Blatant Recklessness that Led to Widespread Contamination and Illness in the Region
2 March 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washingon, DC – In a video released today, a former oil operations assistant for Texaco (now Chevron) lays bare the stunning negligence and deliberate dumping of 18.5 billion gallons of highly toxic waste into Ecuadorian ecosystems by Chevron in its pursuit of oil in the Amazon rainforest.     Read more...

Texaco's Sham Remediation of Contamination at Well Sites

March 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In 1995, Chevron entered into a remediation agreement with the Government of Ecuador. This agreement is in the center of Chevron's defense against the plaintiffs' charge that the oil giant intentionally contaminated the Ecuadorian rainforest. Without it, Chevron has no defense.     Read more...

Indigenous Ecuadoran Woman Humbles US Oil Giant

22 February 2011 | AFP

Rumipamba, Ecuador – She has no legal training, and doesn't speak the Spanish that dominates government in Quito but indigenous villager Maria Aguinda helped bring a landmark judgment against US oil giant Chevron for polluting the rain forest she calls home.     Read more...

Federal Court Hears Arguments to Compel Chevron "Dirty Tricks" Operative Diego Borja to Testify Immediately on Charges He Assisted Oil Giant In Corrupting Environmental Lawsuit

16 February 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

San Francisco, CA – Today the Northern District Court of California will hear a motion by Ecuadorian plaintiffs to compel Chevron operative Diego Borja and his wife, Sara Portilla, to be deposed on charges Chevron, with their assistance, tried to corrupt a massive oil contaminatin lawsuit in Ecuador.     Read more...

Chevron Found Guilty in Landmark Trial; Plaintiffs Respond

Oil Giant Ordered to Pay Record $9 Billion to Ecuadorian Rainforest Communities
15 February 2011 | Amazon Watch

Quito, Ecuador – Plaintiffs gathered in Quito after oil giant Chevron was found guilty yesterday of massive environmental contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon and was ordered to pay $9 billion in fines in one of the largest environmental damages awards on record. The ruling comes after more than 17 years of litigation brought by thousands of indigenous peoples and farmers still living amidst deadly contamination in the northeastern Amazon region of Ecuador.      Read more...

Chevron and Ecuador: Indians to Fight for Higher Damages

15 February 2011 | BBC News

Quito, Ecuador – Ecuadorean judges have made a landmark multi-billion-dollar ruling against oil giant Chevron. But members of Ecuador's Amazonian communities have now announced they are not satisfied with the damages and will appeal.     Read more...

Statement on Ecuador Court Ruling Against Chevron

Evidence Prevails Over Oil Giant's Intimidation Tactics
14 February 2011 | Amazon Watch, RAN

San Francisco, CA – Today a court in Lago Agrio, Ecuador has ruled in favor of the residents of Ecuador's Amazon region who have spent the last 18 years seeking damages for crude oil pollution.     Read more...

Statement by Ecuadorian Plaintiffs on Judgment Against Chevron

14 February 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Lago Agrio, Ecuador – Pablo Fajardo, the lead Ecuadorian attorneys representing the indigenous tribes suing Chevron for oil contamination, released this statement today about the judgment against Chevron.     Read more...

Ecuadorean Judge Orders Chevron to Pay $9 Billion

14 February 2011 | The New York Times

A judge in a tiny courtroom in the Ecuadorean Amazon ruled Monday that the oil giant Chevron was responsible for polluting remote tracts of Ecuadorean jungle and ordered the company to pay more than $9 billion in damages, one of the largest environmental awards ever.     Read more...