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Oil Major Forced to Answer Amazon Charge of Damaging the Environment

29 October 2003 | Financial Times

On the fourth floor of a rundown building in a small town in Ecuador, a courtroom has been freshly painted and newly furnished.     Read more...

Showdown in the Ecuadoran Jungle

Rare Class-Action Pollution Trial Pits Indians Against U.S. Oil Company
23 October 2003 | Washington Post Foreign Service

Under a warm setting sun, a half dozen children gathered Tuesday around a plastic tub filling with water from a tube snaking from the ground. Women washed clothes under the spout, smacking shirts and pants against planks to dry them as the children played.     Read more...

Ecuadorans Put Chevron on Trial

Company Accused in Class-Action Lawsuit of Despoiling Amazon Region with Crude
21 October 2003 | San Francisco Chronicle

A class-action lawsuit against oil giant ChevronTexaco opened today in a small, cinderblock courthouse in a frontier oil town in the Ecuadorian rainforest, charging the company with despoiling the environment with millions of gallons of spilled crude oil during the 1970s and '80s.     Read more...

Bianca Jagger Promotes Lawsuit Against ChevronTexaco in Ecuador

10 October 2003 | Associated Press

Celebrity activist Bianca Jagger criticized U.S. oil company ChevronTexaco, which is being sued by a group of poor Ecuadoreans who say the company\'s past drilling damaged their rainforest homeland.     Read more...

Ecuadoran Wants Chevron to Fix Oil Damage Inflicted on Amazon

Ecuadoran Takes Rain Forest Plea to Chevron
22 May 2003 | The San Francisco Chronicle

Eduardo Silvio Chapal Quintera has traveled more than 3,000 miles by foot, canoe, bus and plane from his village in the Ecuadoran Amazon in hopes of telling ChevronTexaco's CEO David O'Reilly how destructive oil drilling has been to his land and his people.     Read more...

Indigenous Ecuadoreans ask ChevronTexaco to Clean Up Rain Forest

22 May 2003 | Associated Press

Leaders of Ecuadorean indigenous communities who claim ChevronTexaco destroyed their rain forest home during decades of oil drilling have asked residents in the company's own hometown to press for a clean up of the mess.     Read more...

Big Oil's Dirty Secrets

8 May 2003 | The Economist

Even as it celebrates soaring profits-thanks to higher prices during the war-and soaring share prices, now war is over, the oil industry faces a new danger largely of its own creation. It will surprise nobody to learn that oil and ethics mix about as well as oil and water.     Read more...

Suit Says ChevronTexaco Dumped Poisons in Ecuador

8 May 2003 | The New York Times

A group of American lawyers representing more than 30,000 indigenous people in Ecuador filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the ChevronTexaco Corporation yesterday.     Read more...

Ecuadorean Indians Sue Texaco

8 May 2003 | BBC News

A group of Ecuadorean Indians is filing a billion-dollar lawsuit in Quito against the US oil giant, ChevronTexaco. They accuse the company of destroying large areas of rainforest and contaminating local land and rivers.     Read more...

Case in Ecuador Viewed As Key Pollution Fight

U.S. Legal Team Suing ChevronTexaco
6 May 2003 | The Washington Post

For tourists wanting to see the Ecuadoran Amazon, Lago Agrio is a major jumping off point. But the area right around the city of 26,000 has no flora and fauna to speak off, despite being surrounded by what used to be the rain forest.     Read more...