Epic Court Battle Between Ecuadorian Villagers and Chevron Moves to Canada

Free Speech Radio News
12 September 2016

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The long-running lawsuit against Chevron over the dumping of toxic waste in the Amazonian region of Ecuador enters a new phase today. A court in Toronto, Canada will spend the week hearing arguments for and against seizing Canadian-held assets of the company to pay damages resulting from an eight-year long trial originally heard in Ecuador. That case ended with a judgment which ordered the company to pay $9.5 billion dollars – money that was supposed to go towards adequate clean up and for healthcare expenses for sick villagers. But Chevron has thus far avoided having to pay, through various maneuvers like selling off its assets in Ecuador and filing counter-suits in the United States.

For more on how Canada fits into the picture, FSRN’s Shannon Young spoke with Paul Paz y Miño, Associate Director at Amazon Watch, an environmental non-profit that has campaigned on behalf of affected communities for more than 15 years.