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Chevron Produces Phony Online News Coverage to Spread Misinformation about Ecuador Disaster

Oil Giant Fails to Disclose That It Paid for "News" Video Narrated by Former CNN Correspondent Gene Randall
3 May 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

To promote a misinformation campaign about its role in the oil contamination of a pristine area of the rainforest in Ecuador, Chevron recently produced a video that copies the format and style of television news shows and portrays Texaco, now owned by Chevron, as completely blameless in the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic waste into the Amazon jungle.     More »

60 Minutes To Air Segment On Chevron’s “Amazon Chernobyl” In Ecuador’s Rainforest

Shareholders Increasingly Nervous About Possible $27 Billion Liability for Oil Giant
1 May 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2009) – The CBS investigative news show 60 Minutes has announced it will air a segment this Sunday about Chevron’s complicity in the contamination of pristine rainforest deep in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador. The highly-acclaimed news show is expected to focus on the sub-standard practices used by Texaco, now owned by Chevron, for oil exploration from 1964 to 1990 when it extracted more than one billion barrels of oil from a pristine area of rainforest that was once home to six thriving indigenous groups.     More »

Chevron Blasted before U.S. Congress for Violating Human Rights in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest

More than 1,400 Cancer Deaths Reported By Experts
30 April 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, D.C. (April 30, 2009) – Chevron is responsible for creating a “humanitarian crisis of epic proportions” in Ecuador’s rainforest where more than 1,400 people reportedly have died of cancer and indigenous groups are struggling to survive the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic waste, a representative of the local communities testified this week before the U.S. Congress.      More »

Mickey Kantor Criticized for Lobbying Former Agency that he Led

Accused of Trying to Help Chevron Quash Contamination Lawsuit in Ecuador
27 April 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE)--Citing new lobbying rules put into place by the Obama Administration, two environmental groups are strongly criticizing Mickey Kantor for lobbying on behalf of Chevron before the same trade agency he led for several years under the Clinton Administration.     More »

Chevron's Amazon Chernobyl Lawsuit in Ecuador Subject of Congressional Hearing on Environment and Human Rights

27 April 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Exploring the specific examples of communities in Ecuador, Nigeria, and West Papua, the Commission hearing will analyze the relationship between environmental degradation and human rights, particularly in relation to indigenous and traditional peoples around the globe.      More »

Chevron Deceiving U.S. Government to Protect Ill-Gotten Profits in Ecuador, Indigenous Groups Say

Chevron Lobbyists Misleading USTR Over Ecuador Environmental Case
23 April 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington – A team of prominent Chevron lobbyists are again misleading the U.S. Trade Representative as part of a campaign to retaliate against Ecuador’s government for refusing to interfere in a private environmental lawsuit against the oil giant, representatives of Amazonian communities say.     More »

SEC Rejects Chevron Attempt to Block Shareholder Resolution on Ecuador Environment Case

Chevron Fines Have Tripled In Recent Years
8 April 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

WASHINGTON – The Securities and Exchange Commission has rejected an attempt by Chevron management to block a vote by shareholders on a high-profile resolution that threatens to focus attention on the company’s record-breaking $27 billion environmental liability in Ecuador, according to a letter made available by the regulatory agency on its website.      More »

Chevron P.R. Director Donald Samson Behind Secret Payments to Bloggers to Hide Ecuador Liability

Shareholders Increasingly Nervous About Possible $27 Billion Liability for Oil GiantMisinformation Posted by Zennie Abraham Paid For By Oil Giant
31 March 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

San Francisco, CA (March 31, 2009) -- Chevron public relations director Donald Samson is orchestrating secret payments to bloggers to make on-line postings attacking Ecuador’s courts for determining the oil giant might owe up to $27 billion for the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic waste into the rainforest, the Amazon Defense Coalition charged today. The practice of paying bloggers for editorial content is considered highly unethical and Chevron shareholders should be aware company management engages in the practice to hide its actual financial risk in Ecuador, said Julio Prieto, a lawyer for the group, which represents 30,000 rainforest residents in the legal case.     More »

Film Depicting Chevron's Amazon Chernobyl To Have D.C. Premiere on Capitol Hill

U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern Hosts Screening
26 March 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, DC – The acclaimed film Crude, a compelling independent documentary about the epic legal battle between indigenous tribes and oil giant Chevron over massive oil contamination in Ecuador's rainforest, will have its D.C. premiere on Capitol Hill March 31st.     More »

New Evidence of Fraud in Chevron's "Amazon Chernobyl" In Ecuador

On Eve of Final Inspections, Proof that Dozens of Waste Pits Never Touched Were Counted As "Remediated"
25 March 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

With judicial inspections in Chevron's long-running environmental trial in Ecuador about to end, new proof has emerged that the oil giant never touched the majority of toxic waste pits that it certified as "clean" to Ecuador's government in exchange for a legal release, said a lawyer for the Amazon Defense Coalition.     More »