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Meet the Amazon Tribespeople Who Beat Chevron in Court – but Are Still Fighting for Clean Water

With the judgment in their favor tied up in a New York courtroom, indigenous residents of Ecuador's oil-polluted rainforest are going back to basics
30 October 2014 | TakePart

"It fills me with rage to see what the oil companies have done to my people," says ClearWater coordinator Nemonte Nenquimo. "We are not supposed to be controlled by an oil company. Waorani are meant to lively freely."     More »

CBA Drops Plans to Intervene for Chevron at Supreme Court

16 October 2014 | The Globe and Mail

The Canadian Bar Association has done an 11th-hour reversal and dropped plans to intervene at the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of Chevron Corp. in a high-profile battle involving Ecuadorean aboriginal people.     More »

Members Leave CBA over Chevron Case

6 October 2014 | Law Times

Some members of the Canadian Bar Association are considering giving up their memberships after the organization decided to intervene in support of Chevron Corp.'s position in the oil company's upcoming legal battle against the indigenous people of Ecuador at the Supreme Court of Canada.     More »

Ecuadorians Plan to Seize $106 Million in Chevron Assets

30 September 2014 | Courthouse News Service

Amazon rainforest residents plan to seize the $106 million in Chevron's assets in Ecuador, their lawyers said Tuesday, turning a corner in the decades-old pollution fight.     More »

Chevron Faces Increasing Challenges from Ecuador Judgment

24 September 2014 | Inside Counsel

If the goal of the company was to defeat its liability in Ecuador, it thus far has failed. Business and legal problems related to the Ecuador judgment, even with a recent ruling by a U.S. judge in favor of the company, show little sign of abating and continue to multiply across jurisdictions as described in detail below.     More »

Sludge Match: Inside Chevron's $9 Billion Legal Battle with Ecuadorian Villagers

For more than two decades, energy giant Chevron and Ecuadorian activists, led by American lawyer Steven Donziger, have been embroiled in a contentious lawsuit about who is responsible for contaminating a vast swath of the Amazon
28 August 2014 | Rolling Stone

"What gets lost in the twists and turns of this lawsuit is the only thing that matters," says Mitch Anderson of ClearWater, a NGO that works to provide clean water to the affected communities. "The people of the Amazon continue to grow crops out of contaminated soil and bathe in contaminated rivers."     More »

Chevron's Mockery of Justice

How the oil giant's RICO decision suffers from five fatal flaws
April 2014

This document details five reasons why Judge Kaplan’s decision is fatally flawed, unlikely to survive appeal, and unlikely to have a wider impact on enforcement actions in other jurisdictions.     More »

In the Dark

Chevron's Misrepresentations in Public Filings Regarding Its $19.04 Billion Environmental Liability in Ecuador
May 2013

Chevron is currently in default of a $19 billion civil judgment over environmental contamination left in Ecuador when it operated there under the Texaco brand from 1964 to 1992. Chevron's refusal to comply with its court-ordered legal obligation in Ecuador forced the plaintiffs in 2012 to file enforcement actions targeting approximately $20 billion in Chevron assets located in Canada, Brazil and Argentina. Rather than disclose the risks faced by Chevron due to its default, CEO John Watson and his senior management have chosen to keep their shareholders and the financial markets in the dark by misrepresenting basic facts in its public disclosures.     More »

David v. Goliath: A Scorecard

May 2013

As Chevron's armies of lawyers bully and maneuver in New York's Southern District, it is easy to forget that the fraud case brought there by Chevron is just a sideshow. The real action that likely will bring Chevron to the bargaining table or to finally paying the full judgment from the courts of Ecuador is going on around the world.     More »

On Oil Disasters: BP Took Responsibility; Chevron Hired Lawyers To Escape Justice

24 April 2013 | The Chevron Pit

When I read the affidavit of my friend Douglas Beltman – who has been one of the scientists who spoke out against Chevron’s deliberate toxic dumping in Ecuador’s Amazon – I knew his testimony about the pollution and its impact had been coerced by Chevron.     More »

The Ugly Truth Behind the Burford-Chevron Settlement

23 April 2013 | The Chevron Pit

It is becoming increasingly clear that Chevron’s so-called “settlement” with Burford Capital is beset by serious ethical problems. Just like the Stratus “settlement” that preceded it, this latest gambit by the oil giant will not diminish in the least its growing risk from the $19 billion adverse judgment.     More »

Note to Chevron: Your Trial Lawyers at Gibson Dunn Need Some Serious Help

23 April 2013 | The Chevron Pit

It is becoming increasingly clear that Chevron's high-priced legal team in the $19 billion Ecuador case lacks basic trial skills. They looked like what they are: corporate lawyers representing a big oil company trying to crush its indigenous victims and their lawyers.     More »

Harvard University Hosts Representatives of Ecuadorians with $19 Billion Judgment Against Chevron

22 April 2013 | The Chevron Pit

Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy is hosting representatives of the Ecuadorian indigenous groups who sued for and won a $19 billion judgment in Ecuador against Chevron for massive oil contamination.     More »

The Truth Behind the Stratus Affidavits

Scientific Evidence Against Oil Giant Remains Overwhelming
17 April 2013 | The Chevron Pit

The Stratus affidavits did not change anything for Chevron's perilous legal position in the Ecuador environmental case where it faces a $19 billion liability, as well as asset seizure actions in Canada, Brazil, and Argentina.     More »

U.S. Appeals Court To Hear Request To Remove Biased Judge In Ecuador Case

12 April 2013 | The Chevron Pit

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals – the same court that stopped cold Chevron's effort to block enforcement of the $19 billion Ecuador judgment in 2012 – has agreed to hear arguments by the Ecuadorians on why U.S. trial court judge Lewis A. Kaplan is continuing to engage in acts of insubordination from the bench.     More »

More Revelations About Chevron's Paid Witness & Its Miami Lawyer, Andres Rivero

6 April 2013 | The Chevron Pit

Chevron not only is lying to a U.S. court about what happened in the historic Ecuadorian trial that the oil giant lost, it also offered a $1 million bribe to turn evidence against the Ecuadorians and their lawyers, testified an Ecuador judge in a legal declaration filed yesterday in the Southern District Court of New York.     More »

We Beat Chevron, but the Fight for Real Justice Continues

5 April 2013 | Eye on the Amazon

At one point or another every social justice activist wakes up wondering if we stand a chance against the massive forces acting against us. This week, my faith in justice was given a boost when we won a major victory against Chevron.     More »

Ecuador Judge Rejects Bribe Claims Against Him in Chevron Case

5 April 2013 | Reuters

Zambrano denied the allegation in his own affidavit, filed in the same New York federal court for a fraud case being brought by Chevron. He also claimed in the affidavit that Guerra had told him that the U.S. oil company would offer Zambrano $1 million in exchange for a "statement in favor of Chevron."     More »

Victory! Judge Thwarts Chevron's Attempt to Open Amazon Watch's Confidential Files

4 April 2013 | EarthRights International

Yesterday, in a major victory for our friends at Amazon Watch and ERI’s legal team, a Federal Judge in California quashed two sweeping subpoenas issued to AW by Chevron. ERI, serving as AW’s lawyers, successfully argued that the subpoenas violated Amazon Watch’s First Amendment rights and were unduly burdensome and intended to harass one of Chevron’s public critics.     More »

Take That Chevron: There's A First Amendment After All

4 April 2013 | The Chevron Pit

Chevron took a severe punch yesterday in its home state of California when a judge there ruled to ditch the oil giant's subpoena against an environmental group that has been highly critical of the company concerning its massive contamination of the Ecuadorian rainforest.     More »

Chevron Can't Force Ecuador Advocacy Group To Reveal Docs

4 April 2013 | Law360

San Francisco, CA – A California federal judge on Wednesday rejected Chevron's bid to compel advocacy group Amazon Watch to turn over thousands of documents in connection with the company's New York racketeering suit over a $19.2 billion Ecuadorean pollution judgment.     More »

Judge Rejects Chevron Subpoena of Advocacy Group in Ecuador Case

3 April 2013 | Reuters

San Francisco, CA – A U.S. judge has rejected efforts by Chevron Corp to secure documents from a California environmental advocacy group in a fraud case related to a $19 billion award for rainforest pollution in Ecuador.     More »

Chevron Can Solve Its Argentina Problem: Pay the Judgment

28 March 2013 | The Chevron Pit

Chevron's head of operations in Argentina has complained to the Ecuadorians, who recently won a $19 billion judgment against the company for massive oil contamination, that future exploration and drilling is threatened in Argentina because of a local court's decision to freeze its assets.     More »

Third Chevron Spill In Utah Bigger Than Thought – Why Are We Not Surprised

27 March 2013 | The Chevron Pit

Chevron always downplays the impact of its drilling and exploration practices on the environment and human health. One expert, John Connor, has even testified that he has never found any evidence that Chevron's drilling has harmed anyone or anything EVER.      More »

More Chevron Spies & Lies

20 March 2013 | The Chevron Pit

This is the stuff of spy novels and would be hard to believe if it all hadn't been so well-documented. Karen Hinton offers up a compilation of some of the dirty tricks played by Chevron's private investigative firms that have been hired to discredit the $19 billion judgment against the company for oil contamination.     More »

Feds Side with Chevron vs. Activist Shareholders

18 March 2013 | San Francisco Chronicle

"This decision prevents a free debate among Chevron shareholders over whether the board should exercise proper oversight of management and its strategy in the Ecuador case," said Simon Billenness.     More »

U.S. Oil Company Spies on Latin American Country to Escape Multi-Billion Court Judgment

14 March 2013 | The Huffington Post

The Chevron Corporation has spied – and perhaps is still spying – on the Republic of Ecuador, fueling a fierce battle between the oil giant and President Rafael Correa, who is calling on other South American countries to hold Chevron accountable for the world's largest oil-related disaster in the Ecuadorian rainforest.     More »

Shareholder Group Gets SEC Approval for Governance Proposal at Chevron

Motion gets onto ballot amid "campaign of shareholder intimidation"
14 March 2013 | Responsible Investor

The investors are seeking a way to voice their concerns about the company's controversial Ecuador litigation – and what they call its current "campaign of shareholder intimidation."     More »

Chevron Battles Activist Shareholders

12 March 2013 | San Francisco Chronicle

"I've never had a case of a company playing such hardball tactics against its own shareholders this way," said Simon Billenness. "The feeling among institutional shareholders is we really have to draw a line in the sand here, because we can't have companies using these tactics against shareholders in the future."     More »

Ecuador Plans to Audit Bilateral Investment Treaties

11 March 2013 | Dow Jones Newswires

Quito, Ecuador – Ecuador plans to establish a commission to audit bilateral investment treaties and the international system for investment arbitration, President Rafael Correa said over the weekend, after harshly criticizing Chevron and Occidental Petroleum. Both U.S oil companies have arbitration procedures underway against the Andean country.     More »

In Shift, Chevron Drops Key Legal Claim and Now Concedes Pollution Does Exist In Ecuador

19 February 2013 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – In a significant tactical retreat that likely will hurt its efforts to resist international enforcement actions, Chevron has told a New York judge that it is withdrawing its claim that the $19 billion Ecuador judgment was the result of "sham" and "objectively baseless" litigation and is in effect conceding that there is evidence that the company caused pollution in the country.     More »

U.S. Federal Appeals Court Deals Chevron Another Setback in $19 Billion Ecuador Case

15 February 2013 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New Orleans, LA – A U.S. federal appellate court dealt Chevron another setback in its $19 billion Ecuador case by ordering the oil giant to turn over key discovery documents relating to an American technical expert accused by the plaintiffs of committing fraud on the Ecuador court.     More »

Chevron Deceiving SEC and Shareholders Over $19 Billion Ecuador Liability, Says New Report

14 January 2013 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Chevron's CEO John Watson and his management team are continuing to publish false and materially misleading information to government regulators and shareholders regarding the enormous risks posed by the company’s failure to pay a $19 billion environmental damages judgment in Ecuador.     More »

Confronted Publicly, Chevron CEO John Watson Misleads Shareholders over $19 Billion Ecuador Liability

30 November 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Confronted publicly about a $19 billion Ecuador liability for causing environmental damage, Chevron CEO John Watson continued an increasingly personal campaign to mislead shareholders and hide his personal conflicts of interest over the case, representatives of the rainforest communities charged.     More »

Did President Obama & His Justice Department Extort Money From BP?

16 November 2012 | The Chevron Pit

Based on legal arguments being made in a U.S. court, Chevron would have you believe so. Chevron has accused the Ecuadorian indigenous groups and their lawyers suing the oil giant for massive oil contamination in the Amazon rainforest of extorting money from the company by applying pressure on its executives to settle.     More »

BP Held Accountable for Deaths & Oil Spill; Chevron Remains Fugitive from Justice

15 November 2012 | The Chevron Pit

Today BP got hit with four arrests for manslaughter and lying to Congress and $3 to $5 billion in federal fines for the ACCIDENTAL oil spill that resulted in 11 deaths and an estimated $40 billion plus in damages to individuals and local businesses. This news is in stark contrast to the legal battle against Chevron for massive oil contamination in Ecuador.     More »

Chevron's Latest "Defense" in Ecuador Case: Hide Assets in Subsidiaries

12 November 2012 | The Chevron Pit

After a dreadful series of legal setbacks, it sure didn't take long for Chevron to come up with a new tricked-up defense to evade the $19 billion Ecuador environmental judgment. Like Chevron's many other failed defenses in the Ecuador case, this one won't wash either.     More »

Shareholder Shocker: Chevron's Assets Frozen in Argentina

9 November 2012 | Eye on the Amazon

The internet exploded Wednesday with news that an Argentinian judge ordered seizure of Chevron's in-country assets in what could be the first of many rulings enforcing a $19 billion judgment from an Ecuadorian court.     More »

Not Chump Change: $2 Billion in Chevron Assets Likely Frozen in Argentina Soon

2 November 2012 | The Chevron Pit

The Ecuadorians who recently won a $19 billion judgment against Chevron for oil contamination in the Amazon rainforest have filed a lawsuit in Argentina, asking a court to freeze $2 billion in Chevron's Argentina assets as partial payment for the judgment.     More »

Chevron's Ecuador $19 billion Pollution Problem Now An Issue in Florida Senate Race

18 October 2012 | The Chevron Pit

Chevron's oil-related catastrophe in Ecuador is now an issue in the hotly-contested Florida Senate race between Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson and his challenger, Republican Connie Mack.     More »

Chevron Facing Wall Street Criticism Over $19 Billion Ecuador Liability

15 October 2012 | The Chevron Pit

Wall Street analysts rarely take controversial positions on publicly traded companies whose stock is doing well. But Chevron’s mishandling of its $19 billion liability in Ecuador for dumping toxins into the Amazon is beginning to look like the exception.     More »

Extortion Claims Abound in Chevron's Ecuadorean Quagmire

20 August 2012 | Courthouse News

A lawyer who helped land a $19 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador has now lobbed extortion counterclaims against the oil giant for its efforts to discredit the verdict.     More »

From Ecuador to Richmond to Nigeria, Chevron Flouts Safety, Lacks Respect for Communities Where It Operates

13 August 2012 | The Huffington Post

Want to understand the back story for Chevron's latest environmental disaster in Richmond, California? Read about how Chevron essentially forced 154 of its Nigerian workers to jump from a smoking oil rig minutes before it exploded and then watch this video about Chevron's devastating human rights violations and fraudulent cover-up in Ecuador.     More »

Chevron Flouts Safety Standards in Its Own Backyard

10 August 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

San Ramon, CA – The backstory to Chevron's disastrous refinery explosion this week in California can be found thousands of miles away in Ecuador and Nigeria where for years vulnerable communities have been suffering the awful consequences of Chevron's greedy and conflict-ridden corporate culture.     More »

From Ecuador to Richmond to Nigeria, Greedy Chevron Lacks Respect for Communities Where It Operates

Flouts Safety in Backyard, Imagine What It Does in Places Where Few Are Watching
9 August 2012 | The Chevron Pit

Chevron's marketing mantra – we respect the communities where we operate – is an advertising industry joke. The mantra should say: Chevron promises it will always act as if it is above the law in the communities where it operates.     More »

Chevron Faces New Asset Seizures In Ecuador As Clock Ticks to Midnight Deadline

6 August 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Lago Agrio, Ecuador – After almost 19 years of litigation, the clock is now ticking down to the final hours for Chevron to pay a $19.04 billion Ecuador court judgment or officially default and face yet another lawsuit to seize its assets, this time in the South American nation.     More »

Chevron Faces Midnight Deadline in $19 Billion Ecuador Judgment

6 August 2012 | Environment News Service

Lago Agrio, Ecuador – U.S. oil giant Chevron has until midnight tonight to pay a US$19.04 billion Ecuador court judgment for polluting Amazon waterways or officially default and face another lawsuit to seize its assets, this time in Ecuador. Such collection lawsuits are pending against Chevron in Canada and Brazil.     More »

Chevron Suffers Yet Another Legal Setback in Campaign to Evade Ecuador Judgment – This Time by Judge Kaplan

31 July 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Judge Kaplan's decision is yet another setback in a string of recent defeats for Chevron in its improper campaign to evade its legal obligation to clean up the massive environmental contamination in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest.     More »

Chevron Censored Shareholders Who Wanted to Challenge Management Over $19 Billion Ecuador Liability

31 July 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

San Ramon, CA – Chevron's top management appeared to be censoring shareholders who wanted to pose some tough questions about the company's $19 billion Ecuador environmental liability during its quarterly earnings call.     More »

U.S. Government Deals Chevron Stinging Defeat Over Ecuador Trade Preferences

2 July 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, D.C. – For the sixth straight year, the United States government has flatly rejected Chevron's increasingly frantic attempts to cut trade preferences for Ecuador in what critics say is part of an unethical campaign to interfere in a private environmental litigation brought by rainforest villagers.     More »

Shareholders Reprimand Chevron CEO Watson at Annual Meeting Over $18 Billion Ecuador Liability

28 May 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

San Ramon, CA – Chevron CEO John Watson today suffered a stunning reprimand during a tense annual meeting when shareholders voted in massive numbers to support resolutions citing his failure to properly manage the company's $18 billion adverse judgment in Ecuador.     More »

Chevron Faces "Irreparable Damage" Because of $18 Billion Ecuador Judgment, Says New Financial Analysis

14 May 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – A new financial analysis has found that Chevron's $18 billion Ecuador environmental liability poses a threat of "irreparable damage" to the oil major's global operations if the plaintiffs make good on their promise to launch legal actions to enforce the judgment in countries where Chevron has billions of dollars in assets.     More »

Shareholders Slam Chevron With Request for SEC Investigation Over Ecuador Judgment

14 May 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Chevron now faces another headache over its $18 billion Ecuador judgments – this time from some of its own investors.     More »

Chevron Ecuador Risk Analysis Report

An Analysis of the Financial and Operational Risks to Chevron Corporation from Aguinda v. ChevronTexaco
May 2012 | An independent report commissioned by Oil Change International

This report asserts that Chevron's $18 billion Ecuador environmental liability poses a threat of "irreparable damage" to the oil major's global operations if the plaintiffs make good on their promise to launch legal actions to enforce the judgment in countries where Chevron has billions of dollars in assets.     More »

Chevron en la Amazonía

Chevron en la Amazonía

El Chernobyl de Sudamérica
3 May 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Ya es hora de que Chevron limpie su contaminación masiva que ha devastado al medio ambiente de la Amazonía Ecuadoriana y sigue provocando casos de cancer, defectos de nacimiento, y otras enfermedades.     More »

Only In America: Chevron Lawyer Receives $7.8 Million For Losing $18 Billion Ecuador Lawsuit

24 April 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Chevron's Board of Directors recently awarded its General Counsel R. Hewitt Pate a 75% raise – bringing his 2011 salary to a whopping $7.8 million – for losing the landmark $18 billion environmental lawsuit in Ecuador.     More »

Chevron's Misrepresentations in Public Filings Regarding its $18.1 Billion Environmental Liability in Ecuador

April 2012

This memo presents evidence and analysis that Chevron's management is publishing false or materially misleading information regarding its $18.1 billion adverse judgment in Ecuador for causing environmental damage.     More »

Report: Chevron Misleading Investors Over Ecuador Environmental Judgment

17 April 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Chevron's 2011 annual report misleads shareholders and the financial markets with information that is either demonstrably false or materially misleading regarding the $18 billion judgment against the company in Ecuador for causing environmental damage.     More »

Chevron Lawyer Claims Victims of Rainforest Contamination Are "Irrelevant"

16 April 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, DC – A lead Chevron lawyer has made the preposterous claim that the 30,000 Ecuadorian victims of the oil giant's contamination are "irrelevant" to the court case that led to an $18 billion judgment against the company.     More »

Clean Up Ecuador Campaign Briefing Paper

Understanding Recent Developments in the Landmark Chevron-Ecuador Case
Spring 2012 | Amazon Watch

After 19 years of litigation, the monumental class action lawsuit against oil giant Chevron for environmental devastation in the Ecuadorian Amazon is nearing an end. In January, an Ecuadorian appeals court confirmed an $18 billion judgment against Chevron, exceeded in size only by BP's expected outlay for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.     More »

No April Fool's Joke: Monsanto Voted Biggest "Corporate Fool" with the Worst Business Practices for 2012

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Chevron Are Runners-Up in Facebook Balloting
29 March 2012 | Green America

Just in time for April Fool's Day, Green America announced the winners of its online contest to determine the biggest "Corporate Fool": Agricultural and chemical giant Monsanto came in first, followed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Chevron.     More »

Undisputed Facts Show Chevron Guilty of Environmental Crimes in Ecuador Rainforest

8 March 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador – The Ecuadorians, who recently won an $18 billion judgment against Chevron for massive oil contamination in the Ecuador rainforest, said today undisputed facts clearly show the company guilty of environmental crimes that resulted in the destruction of once pristine land and water and direct harm to the health of the area's 30,000 residents.     More »

BP Talks Settlement In Gulf, While Chevron Pouts Over Larger $18 Billion Ecuador Disaster

1 March 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – While BP is in settlement talks over the Gulf oil spill disaster, Chevron continues to pout over its $18 billion Ecuador judgment after being found guilty of waging a deliberate multi-decade contamination of the Amazon rainforest.     More »

Shareholders Challenge Chevron Management Over $18 Billion Ecuador Liability

Financial Times Newsletter Describes Chevron Board As "Nearly Invisible"
22 February 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – A highly-respected newsletter distributed to corporate directors has described Chevron's Board as "nearly invisible" when dealing with the risks stemming from company's $18 billion environmental judgment in Ecuador.     More »

The True Story of Chevron's Ecuador Disaster

The True Story of Chevron's Ecuador Disaster

8 February 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Over almost three decades of oil drilling in Ecuador's Amazon, Chevron dumped billions of gallons of toxic waste into waterways relied on by local inhabitants for their drinking water.     More »

New Evidence That Chevron Used U.S. Professors to Defraud Ecuador Court In $18 Billion Environmental Lawsuit

Alvarez and Mackay Under Spotlight For Defending Efforts to Hide Contamination From Ecuador Judge
7 February 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Chevron is refusing to deny that it defrauded Ecuador's courts by altering a key document to induce U.S. academic "experts" to endorse fake testing methods to hide the presence of massive quantities of cancer-causing toxins at the company's former well sites in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest.     More »

Chevron Blasted In U.N. Letter for Violating International Law In Ecuador Case

"Egregious Misuse" of U.S.-Ecuador Investment Treaty As Oil Giant Tries Yet Again to Evade $18 Billion Liability
6 February 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – A distinguished international law jurist from Latin America has issued a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asking for a review of Chevron's "egregious misuse" of an investor treaty to evade its $18 billion liability in Ecuador for creating one of the world's worst oil-related disasters in the Amazon rainforest.     More »

Facing Devastating Setbacks, Chevron Now Seeks Taxpayer Bailout from $18 Billion Ecuador Judgment

Oil Giant's Legal Options Continue to Narrow
1 February 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador – Facing devastating setbacks in the courts of two countries over its $18 billion Ecuador liability, Chevron is now seeking a taxpayer-funded bailout for the clean-up costs of its environmental catastrophe in the Amazon rainforest.     More »

Chevron CEO's Plan to Evade $18b Ecuador Liability Falters As Courts Slam Oil Giant

Analysis of Litigation Offered to Company Shareholders by Leaders of Indigenous Groups
30 January 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, ,NY – U.S. courts are showing increasing hostility toward Chevron and its CEO John Watson over the company's $18 billion Ecuador liability as the oil giant's plan to quash the landmark case continues to falter.     More »

Second Circuit Ruling Sets Right Grave Injustice Against Ecuadorians

Chevron's Abusive Legal Tactics Rebuked
26 January 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

A grave injustice against the Ecuadorians has been set right by today's 2nd Circuit ruling. It rebukes Chevron's abusive legal tactics of the past two years designed solely to malign the very people who suffer as a result of the company's deliberate poisoning of their homeland, the Ecuadorian rainforest.     More »

Chevron Paid $2.2 Million to Man Who Threatened to Expose Company's Corruption in Ecuador

23 January 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Chevron has paid a whopping $2.2 million to a longtime company contractor who repeatedly threatened to expose the company's attempts to mislead the court and corrupt the landmark environmental trial in Ecuador, according to new court documents.     More »

Will the Lawsuit Over Oil Contamination in Ecuador Ever End?

19 January 2012 | Mother Jones

In the past few weeks, there have been several developments in the ongoing lawsuit that Ecuadorian communities have filed against Chevron for polluting the Amazon.     More »

Kerry Kennedy Blasts Chevron As "Unpatriotic" For Destruction of Ecuador's Amazon

Human Rights Advocate Says Oil Giant Could Lose Business Worldwide Unless It "Mends It Ways" in South America
17 January 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Human rights lawyer Kerry Kennedy has blasted Chevron as "unpatriotic" and called on the company to "mend its ways" in Ecuador or risk losing business as governments in oil-producing nations begin to perceive it as a rogue operator out of step with the modern world.     More »

U.S. Law Firms Bill Chevron Exorbitant Fees To Prevent Clean-up of Ecuador Pollution Crisis

Oil Giant Concedes It Has Used Almost 500 Lawyers to Fight Rainforest Indigenous Groups
16 January 2012 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – While indigenous groups in Ecuador's Amazon face possible death and grave illness from Chevron's "Rainforest Chernobyl" disaster, several prominent U.S. law firms and their well-known partners are billing the oil giant hundreds of millions of dollars to forestall a clean-up that could save thousands of lives, according to court documents.     More »

How Lawyer Arrogance Imperils Chevron Shareholders in Ecuador

3 January 2012 | The Huffington Post

One of the more interesting aspects of the $18 billion Chevron-Ecuador environmental case is how a series of monumental mistakes by the American law firm Gibson Dunn Crutcher have increasingly imperiled the interests of a major client like Chevron and its institutional shareholders.     More »

Chevron's $1 Billion Bribe Offer to Quash Legal Case Rocks Ecuador

Company Officials Not Denying That It Tried To Sabotage Historic Environmental Litigation
23 December 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador – Chevron is remaining silent in the face of mounting evidence that the company tried to bribe Ecuador's government to quash an $18 billion environmental judgment and that a Chevron official ordered the destruction of documents as part of a broad scheme to duck responsibility for causing extensive pollution in the Amazon rainforest, according to documents and news reports.     More »

Ivonne Baki Tried to Help Chevron Bribe Ecuador's Government to Thwart $18 Billion Environmental Case, Court Documents Suggest

Chevron Admits In Legal Papers That It Used Baki Repeatedly As Part of Its Lobbying Effort To Destroy Lawsuit
22 December 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Ivonne Baki, an Ecuadorian government official in charge of one of the world's most celebrated environmental initiatives, has had numerous contacts with Chevron's U.S.-based lawyers to assist the oil giant's illegal attempts to thwart a historic environmental case in Ecuador where Chevron was found liable for $18 billion in damages, according to Chevron's legal filings in a U.S. federal court case and sources within Ecuador's government.     More »

Chevron Faces $30 Billion Liability for Environmental Problems in Latin America

Brazil, Ecuador Lawsuits Point to New Competitive Pressures
15 December 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador – Now that it is embroiled in a new $11 billion pollution lawsuit in Brazil, Chevron's total legal tab in Latin America for environmental problems is fast approaching $30 billion.     More »

Chevron's Ecuador Fraud Highlighted In Memo Ordering Destruction of Documents Related to Contamination

Key Chevron Official Ordered Personnel To Destroy Documents Relating to Pollution
14 December 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador – Chevron officials ordered the destruction of key documents as part of a broad scheme to hide the extent of the company's pollution in Ecuador's Amazon, a new document reveals.     More »

Federal Judge Sanctions Chevron Lawyers at Gibson Dunn for Harassing Witness in Ecuador Case

Oil Giant Scolded Yet Again by U.S. and Ecuadorian Courts
7 December 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Eugene, Oregon – Chevron's lead law firm in the $18 billion Ecuador environmental lawsuit, already under scrutiny for trying to mislead Congress, has been scolded and sanctioned by a federal judge for harassing a witness in a discovery action in Oregon.     More »

Chevron Sanctioned for Abusive Discovery Tactic

7 December 2011 | Courthouse News Service

Chevron must pay an Oregon-based nonprofit more than $32,000 for harassment during discovery related to an $18.2 billion judgment against the oil company for environmental damage in Ecuador, a federal judge ruled.     More »

Chevron, U.S. Chamber, and Prominent Law Firm Attempted to Mislead Congress Through False Testimony About Ecuador Environmental Case

Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest Ran Deep In Recent Committee Hearing On Foreign Judgments
5 December 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, D.C. – Chevron, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a leading partner at the American law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher tried to mislead Congress about the oil giant's $18 billion environmental liability in Ecuador.     More »

At Chevron's Tiger Woods World Challenge, Environmental Groups Scold CEO Watson From On High

Banner Blares From Circling Airplane: Clean Up Toxic Mess In Ecuador
4 December 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Thousand Oaks, CA – Two leading U.S.-based environmental groups are taking their fight over Chevron's oil catastrophe in Ecuador directly to CEO John S. Watson by sending an airplane to fly over the weekend rounds of the Tiger Woods-hosted Chevron World Challenge golf tournament in California.     More »

Chevron Challenged for Environmental Crimes at Golf Tournament

Groups Demand Company Follow Court Orders and Clean up Toxic Mess in Ecuador
3 December 2011 | Amazon Watch, RAN

Thousand Oaks, CA – An airplane with a banner will circle overhead for three hours on both days of the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament, calling on it to remediate the environmental disaster in Ecuador after three decades of contaminating the country's rainforest in reckless pursuit of profit.     More »

Chevron Named "Most Toxic" Energy Company of 2011

"Amazon Chernobyl" Disaster in Ecuador, Brazil Spill Lead to Embarrassing Award for CEO John Watson
24 November 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – The American oil giant Chevron has been named the "most toxic" energy company of 2011 by AlterNet, a prestigious U.S.-based online magazine that closely tracks environmental issues.     More »

Chevron's Latin America Image Tarnished

23 November 2011 | UPI

San Francisco, CA – Given Chevron's legacy in Ecuador, there's no reason to suspect the U.S. supermajor will act responsibility with Brazil's oil spill, opponents say.     More »

Beware of Chevron, Ecuadorians Tell Brazil

Chevron Contaminated Ecuador's Rainforest, Faked a Cleanup & Now Refuses To Pay $18 Billion Judgment
21 November 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador – Brazil should treat Chevron's claims about the oil spill off its coast with great skepticism given its track record of fraud related to their oil disaster in neighboring Ecuador, say Ecuadorian rainforest leaders.     More »

Chevron In Open Conflict With Brazil and Ecuador Over Worsening Oil Spills

American Company Faces Loss of Credibility With Oil Producing Nations in Latin America
18 November 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador – Chevron, which already faces allegations of fraud over an $18 billion liability in Ecuador for environmental damage, is being accused in Brazil of trying to cover up the extent of an oil spill caused by one of the company's offshore drilling rigs.     More »

Chevron's Ecuador Environmental Problems Pose Risks for Company's Strategic Projects In Australia

Prominent Australian Journalist Mike Monro Blasts Chevron On Television for Refusing to Clean Toxic Mess
26 October 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Chevron's $18 billion environmental liability in Ecuador is causing a whale of trouble for the oil giant's image in Australia where it still must clear regulatory hurdles to realize profits from two strategically critical natural gas projects.     More »

Chevron "Dirty Tricks" Operative Diego Borja Could Face Criminal Liability for Obstructing Ecuador Trial, Lawyer Concedes

Borja Claimed Chevron Tried to Corrupt Process That Led to $18 Billion Judgment Against Oil Giant
21 October 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

San Francisco, CA – Chevron's self-proclaimed "dirty tricks" operative Diego Borja – accused of trying to orchestrate a bribe to an Ecuador judge to undermine the environmental lawsuit against Chevron – could face potential criminal liability in the U.S. for his actions, according to an unusual admission in federal court made recently by his own lawyer.     More »

Chevron In Open Conflict with Ecuador Government to Evade Environmental Cleanup

Lobbyists and P.R. Firms Attack Ecuador to Evade $18 Billion Judgment As Chevron Lawyers Suffer Setbacks in Courts Around the World
10 October 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, D.C. – Chevron is paying U.S. lobbyists and public relations firms millions of dollars to foment open conflict with Ecuador's government as part of a global strategy to evade paying an $18.2 billion court judgment for environmental contamination, according to public spending records and legal documents.     More »

The Amazon's Toxic Mess

The Amazon's Toxic Mess

Zoë Tryon highlights the plight of Ecuadorian natives after decades of oil drilling
9 October 2011 | Sunday Night Show

Zoë Tryon highlights the plight of Ecuadorian natives after decades of oil drilling in this powerful investigation by Mike Munro.     More »

Chevron Rainforest Case Drags Mud into Local Court

30 September 2011 | The Recorder

The long-running legal battle between Ecuadoreans and Chevron waged in more than a dozen courts in this country and abroad has been full of ugly lawyer fights and allegations of dirty tricks. Now a piece of the multibillion dollar rainforest destruction suit is being fought in Bay Area courts. And it isn't pretty.      More »

What Chevron Owes the People of Lago Agrio

26 September 2011 | Huffington Post

Since taking office as New York State Comptroller four years ago, I have asked Chevron's board of directors to settle this marathon litigation and spare the company's battered reputation any further damage. The board has chosen to ignore the wishes of the many investors and observers who supported my call.     More »

Chevron Lobbying Efforts Revealed by Leaked Cables

22 September 2011 | Courthouse News Service

Chevron tried to shake off multibillion environmental claims in Ecuador by lobbying government officials, even as it blasted opponents for allegedly playing to the courts' corrupt and political side, according to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks.     More »

Wikileaks Cables Expose Chevron's Lobbying of Ecuador Government to Kill $18 Billion Environmental Case

Newly Released Cables Raise Questions About Chevron Ties to U.S. Embassy and Misrepresentations
21 September 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Chevron engaged in a clandestine lobbying campaign of Ecuador's government to improperly shut down the historic environmental case brought by thousands of indigenous persons, according to a series of cables written by U.S. government officials and recently disclosed by Wikileaks.     More »

US Court's Decision in Ecuador Case Could See Chevron Assets Seized: Analyst

21 September 2011 | Platts

New York, NY – A recent decision by a US appeals court in the years-long dispute between Chevron and indigenous groups in Ecuador's Amazon region opens the possibility that Chevron assets could be seized elsewhere if the company does not make a settlement, Oppenheimer analyst Fadel Gheit said Tuesday.     More »

US Court Rules Against Chevron in Ecuador Oil Case

20 September 2011 | BBC News

A US court has overturned a block on Ecuadoreans collecting damages totalling $18.2 billion from Chevron over Amazon oil pollution.     More »

Court Ruling Backs Ecuadorian Effort to Hold Chevron Accountable For Amazon Pollution

Court Ruling Backs Ecuadorian Effort to Hold Chevron Accountable For Amazon Pollution

20 September 2011 | Democracy Now!

A U.S. appeals court has ruled oil giant Chevron cannot escape an $18 billion fine for massive pollution of the Amazon rain forest.     More »

Order Barring Ecuador from Collecting $18 Billion Vacated

19 September 2011 | Associated Press

New York – A federal appeals court vacated an order Monday by a New York judge that barred an $18 billion judgment in Ecuador against Chevron Inc. for contaminating the Amazon.     More »

Appeals Court Sides with Ecuadorians in Chevron Suit

19 September 2011 | San Francisco Chronicle

Ecuadorans suing Chevron Corp. over pollution in the Amazon rain forest are one step closer to collecting a $9.5 billion judgment against the San Ramon company.     More »

Ecuadorian Plaintiffs Again Seek Judge's Recusal

7 September 2011 | Legal Newsline

New York – The Ecuadorian plaintiffs suing Chevron Corp. are yet again asking a federal judge to recuse himself from a case involving a multibillion-dollar judgment against the oil company in Ecuador.     More »

New Wrinkle to Chevron Drama in the Amazon

11 August 2011 | Courthouse News Service

A discovery order poses new complications for Chevron as it tries to distance itself from a convicted drug felon and to discredit an $18.2 billion judgment for massive oil contamination in the Amazon.     More »

Chevron CEO Misled Shareholders at Annual Meeting with Corporate Video

Narrator Repeated False Statements in Cynical Bid to Blunt SEC Probe & Investor Outrage
1 June 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – A corporate video shown by Chevron CEO John Watson at last week's annual meeting was an attempt to mislead shareholders about the company's $18 billion Ecuador liability in the wake of a potential SEC probe, representatives of Ecuadorian indigenous and farmer communities said Tuesday.     More »

Investors Ask SEC to Probe Chevron Over $18 Billion Ecuador Liability

Annual Meeting Dominated by Issues Relating to Ecuador Environmental Catastrophe
26 May 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

San Ramon, CA – With an $18 billion judgment in Ecuador hanging around its neck, Chevron's management now faces the unpleasant prospect of an SEC probe and a growing revolt among large shareholders upset with the company's failure to contain the risk related to the historic environmental lawsuit.     More »

Chevron Feels the Heat

Annual Shareholder Meeting Brings Huge Protests For Oil Giant's Abuses Around the World
26 May 2011 | AlterNet

San Ramon, CA – "We are the human face of Chevron's operations, armed with the memories of our dead relatives, our neighbors, our sick children," said one woman who traveled from Ecuador.     More »

Judicial Imperialism

25 May 2011 | El Diario

A judge with a superiority complex is making a devastating environmental situation worse by siding with the U.S. company that wreaked the havoc.      More »

Chevron Chiefs Face Shareholders after Huge $18bn Ecuador Fine

California-based oil company criticised by investors for "take no prisoner" attitude to Ecuador judgment
25 May 2011 | Guardian UK

Chevron bosses are facing shareholders for the first time since the company was fined a total of $18bn over contamination from oil extraction in the Amazon. California's largest oil company is coming under increasing pressure from institutional investors and long-term shareholders.     More »

$18 Billion Ecuadorian Lawsuit Dominates Chevron Shareholder Meeting

Chevron confronted with mismanaged multibillion-dollar liability; Major institutional shareholders urge settlement
25 May 2011 | Amazon Watch

San Ramon, CA – At the company's Annual General Meeting of shareholders today, Chevron management and Board of Directors came under fire for their handling of the massive $18 billion environmental disaster in the Ecuadorian Amazon.     More »

Investors Call on SEC to Probe Chevron over Ecuador Statements

Shareholders Intensify Pressure on Oil Major Ahead of Annual Meeting
24 May 2011 | Responsible Investor

Trillium Asset Management, the Boston-based sustainable and responsible investment specialist, has written to the Securities and Exchange Commission calling for the regulator to investigate Chevron Corp.'s disclosures about the recent $18bn Ecuador judgment.     More »

Activists' True Cost Report Takes on Chevron

24 May 2011 | San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco, CA – With Chevron Corp. set to hold its annual shareholder meeting this morning, a global network of the company's critics on Tuesday released a report accusing the oil giant of environmental crimes around the world.     More »

Ecuador Indigenous Leaders Issue Plea for Americans to Help In Battle Against Chevron's Toxic Dumping

In Open Letter, Ecuadorians Ask Americans To Demand That Chevron Clean Contamination Dumped in Rainforest
23 May 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – The indigenous and farmer communities of Ecuador have released an open letter to the American people calling on them to help in the historic battle to force Chevron to clean up the toxic mess the oil giant left their country's Amazon rainforest, considered by many to be the worst oil-related disaster on earth.     More »

Chevron's Disclosures to Investors on Risks Associated with Ecuador are Questioned

As shareowners file resolutions addressing environmental and human rights risks, a new report finds discrepancies between Chevron's court statements and disclosures in its annual report
17 May 2011 | SocialFunds.com

Companies know they put their reputation on the line when they do something wrong, but often forget they can take a worse reputational hit from trying to spin it.     More »

Reputational Stumbles of the Week: Chevron, the Coal Industry, and Facebook

16 May 2011 | BNET

Companies know they put their reputation on the line when they do something wrong, but often forget they can take a worse reputational hit from trying to spin it.     More »

Appeal of Injunction Against Ecuador Verdict Expedited

13 May 2011 | Legal Newsline

New York, NY – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted a group of Ecuadorians, who previously won an $18 billion judgment against Chevron Corp., an expedited appeal of a preliminary injunction in an order filed this week.     More »

Ecuadoreans Win Round in Drawn-out Chevron Battle

12 May 2011 | Reuters

New York, NY – A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York, in a terse ruling, relaxed rules in the order to allow plaintiffs' lawyers to meet with their clients and raise funds to fight Chevron in court.     More »

Chevron in Ecuador: A Defining Moment

Chevron in Ecuador: A Defining Moment

12 May 2011

Chevron has been found guilty of massive contamination of the Amazon and fined $18 billion, but the company has vowed to fight the verdict "until Hell freezes over."     More »

Report Finds Chevron Downplaying Shareholder Risk and Liability from $18 Billion Ecuador Judgment

11 May 2011 | Amazon Watch, RAN

San Francisco, CA – Two weeks before Chevron's Annual General Shareholders meeting, a report released today finds that Chevron's multi-billion liability in Ecuador poses serious financial and operational risk to the company and its shareholders.      More »

Chevron Ecuador Risk Analysis Report

An Analysis of the Financial and Operational Risks to Chevron Corporation from Aguinda v. ChevronTexaco
May 2011 | An independent report commissioned by Amazon Watch & Rainforest Action Network

Drawing on the unusually rich and revealing publicly available legal filings in this case, this report examines the potential damage and disruption to Chevron's operations from enforcement of the $18 billion Ecuador court judgment that was delivered on February 14, 2011. This report also assesses the risk that Chevron's aggressive counter-litigation and public relations campaign against the Ecuadorian plaintiffs' will backfire and prove to be a long-term barrier to the company's obtaining the legal right and social license to explore and operate in new regions.     More »

Appeals Court in NYC Puts Chevron on Defensive

10 May 2011 | Associated Press

New York, NY – A lawyer for energy company Chevron found himself on the defensive Tuesday as he argued that it was urgent that the courts protect the company from an $18 billion judgment against it in Ecuador over damage done to the Ecuadorean rain forest decades ago.     More »

Chevron Fights Justice in Ecuador on Two Fronts, but Needs to Win Everywhere

4 May 2011 | EarthRights International

Since February, Chevron has been facing what is probably the largest environmental judgment in history. They've gone on the offensive against this judgment on two fronts. But they need to win not just these cases, but every other one that the plaintiffs might file.     More »

Duel in the Amazon

Excursions in Ecuador's jungles show two sides in Chevron's long legal battle over the environment.
30 April 2011 | Los Angeles Times

Lago Agrio, Ecuador – Donald Moncayo walks to the edge of a flat grassy field that once held two large pits that brimmed with a stew of water and crude from an oil-drilling operation. He lifts a heavy auger above his head and prepares to plunge it into the ground. "They always show you the shirt, the coat and the tie," he said of the area, called Sacha 53, which is now pastureland and spindly trees. "They never show you the tumor underneath the shirt."     More »

An Open Letter to the People of the United States from the Ecuadorian Plaintiffs

30 April 2011 | Asamblea de Afectados por Texaco

An open letter written to the people of the United States from the 30,000 Ecuadorian plaintiffs in the Aguinda v. ChevronTexaco trial.     More »

Judge in Chevron Trial Asked to Recuse Himself

27 April 2011 | Courthouse News Service

New York, NY – A group of indigenous Ecuadorean farmers who won an $18 billion environmental lawsuit against Chevron seek to oust the American judge positioned to block the award in an upcoming federal trial.      More »

To Avoid a Jury Trial, Chevron Now Wants to Remove Donziger and Lawyer John Keker from RICO Case

Oil Giant Clearly Scared of Jury Trial That Could Create Additional Liability, Plaintiffs Say
21 April 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – To avoid a jury trial, Chevron has filed papers seeking to remove Steven Donziger and John Keker out of the first phase of a racketeering case in New York that the oil giant filed in February to try to escape paying an $18 billion judgment.     More »

Miami Herald Catches Chevron in Lie about Ecuador Well Site

Reporter finds oil sludge in "remediated" pit that's part of Chevron's fraud, plaintiffs say
19 April 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, DC – In a story published in today's newspaper, journalist Jim Wyss said he witnessed "thick oil slicks" only a few feet into the ground of a dirt-covered storage pit Chevron told him the day before had been remediated of all oil.     More »

Chevron Selling Assets to Escape Enforcement of $9.5 Billion Judgment in Ecuador, Plaintiffs Charge

Court Filing Requests that U.S. Judge Increase $21.8 Million Bond
5 April 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Chevron is divesting itself of overseas assets that could be used to enforce the $9.5 billion legal judgment against the oil giant for massive contamination of the Ecuadorian rainforest, lawyers for the Ecuadorian plaintiffs stated in a legal brief submitted to the Southern District of New York last week.     More »

Chevron Could Take Big Hit From Potential Payout in Ecuador

31 March 2011 | The Street

New York, NY – Assuming a scenario in which Chevron is ordered to pay the maximum penalty of $9.5 billion, the reduction in cash would decrease its equity value by approximately 5%.     More »

Chevron Payments to Witness Revealed

In a Document Now Under Seal, Plaintiffs Say Payments Were Excessive and Suspect
8 March 2011 | The Daily Journal

San Francisco, CA – New court documents released briefly last week revealed that Chevron Corp. – in part through one of its law firms, Jones Day – paid at least $169,000 to a man who secretly videotaped one of the original judges in a massive environmental case against the oil company in Ecuador.      More »

U.S. Judge's Decision a "Slap in the Face" to Ecuadorians Fighting to Hold Chevron Accountable For Eco-Disaster in Amazon Rainforest

7 March 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Statement by Karen Hinton, spokesperson for the Ecuadorians who recently won a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron for oil contamination, about today's Southern District Court of New York decision on the preliminary injunction.     More »

Court Affidavit Exposes 18 Years of Chevron's Unethical Conduct in $9.5 Billion Ecuador Lawsuit

Oil Giant Attempted to "Buy or Bully" Its Way Out of Environmental Liability for Creating "Amazon Chernobyl"
7 March 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – A new 42-page sworn affidavit, backed by hundreds of pages of exhibits, has outlined in stunning detail Chevron's 18-year effort to undermine the Ecuador court that recently awarded a $9.5 billion judgment against the company for dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into the rainforest of the South American nation and creating what locals call the "Amazon Chernobyl".     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.     More »

Chevron Finds Its Toxic Dumping Didn't Harm a Soul in Ecuador

In Final Argument, Oil Giant's Tally for Clean-up is "Zero" Despite Dumping Billions of Gallons of Waste Into Amazon
7 February 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Lago Agrio, Ecuador – Chevron has found that dumping of billions of gallons of toxic waste into Ecuador's Amazon didn't harm a single person or the environment, according to the company's final argument submitted to the Ecuador court hearing the historic environmental case.     More »

Statement of Stratus Consulting Regarding Chevron Countersuit

3 February 2011 | Stratus Consulting

Chevron's claims against Stratus Consulting are false. Released on the eve of an impending judgment in Ecuador, Chevron's assertion of RICO claims against Stratus Consulting is a gross misuse of the federal courts. Stratus Consulting never engaged in the misconduct alleged by Chevron, and Chevron knows as much.     More »

Chevron Threatened Ecuador Judge With Prison Time If He Failed to Grant Motions, Court Papers Say

On Eve of Judgment, Chevron Resorting to Intimidation Tactics
3 February 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Lago Agrio, Ecuador – Chevron's lawyers in Ecuador have threatened the trial judge overseeing the historic environmental trial where the company faces a potential judgment in the billions of dollars, according to court papers made available by the plaintiffs.     More »

Amazon Watch's Response to Chevron's Outrageous Accusations

3 February 2011 | Amazon Watch

We are appalled to be named in Chevron's legal assault, but will not be intimated by this corporate bullying. We stand in solidarity with the victims of Chevron's ongoing and apparently escalating abuse, and will stand with them until they get the justice they have sought for too long.     More »

The Kitchen Sink Defense

Chevron Files Retaliatory Lawsuit Against Indigenous Ecuadorians Seeking Amazon Cleanup
2 February 2011 | EarthRights International

Chevron's efforts to discredit the case reached a new level this week, as Chevron sued the Ecuadorian plaintiffs themselves in federal court in New York, accusing them of fraud, interfering with contracts, trespass, unjust enrichment, and conspiracy.      More »

Scientific Evidence Will Triumph Over Chevron's Intimidation Tactics in Ecuador, Say Plaintiffs

2 February 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Lago Agrio, Ecuador – With the scientific evidence against Chevron in the historic Ecuador environmental trial fully before the court, the oil giant is now resorting to threats and intimidation to try to derail a final judgment that could cost the company's shareholders tens of billions of dollars, say representatives of the plaintiffs.     More »

Chevron's RICO Lawsuit in Pollution Case Part of Wider Legal Strategy

2 February 2011 | The New York Times

Chevron's racketeering suit filed yesterday against the legal team seeking damages for pollution in Ecuador is likely part of a wider strategy aimed at helping the oil giant reach a more favorable settlement, according to legal experts.     More »

Chevron, Trying to Fight Ecuador Lawsuit, Now Claiming Plaintiffs Don't Really Exist

Event In Amazon Jungle Puts Lie to Oil Giant's Latest Desperate Tactic
28 January 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Lago Agrio, Ecuador – Several indigenous plaintiffs in the historic environmental lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador came together this week at one of the oil giant's polluted well sites in the Amazon rainforest to once again "prove" they are real in light of Chevron's latest legal motion claiming they don't really exist.     More »

Amazon Plaintiffs to Chevron: We're Real!

28 January 2011 | Mother Jones

The long legal case against Chevron over environmental damage wrought by drilling operations in the Amazon may finally be drawing to a close, as the parties in the case this month began filing their final arguments. But Chevron has made several attempts to get the case thrown out entirely – including making claims that the plaintiffs in the case don't actually exist.     More »

Arrests Unlikely To Curb Chevron Shareholder Meeting Protests

24 January 2011 | Financial Times

At Chevron's last shareholder meeting, five people were arrested. And certainly the arrests of those who the company says were troublemakers at the meeting must have been a welcome turn of events for Chevron. Yet it really has not worked out as Chevron might have hoped. There will likely be continued protests at its upcoming shareholder meeting.     More »

Clean Up Ecuador Campaign Briefing Paper

Understanding Recent Developments in the Landmark Chevron-Ecuador Case
Winter 2011 | Amazon Watch

After more than 17 years of litigation, the monumental class action against oil giant Chevron (formerly Texaco) for widespread environmental devastation in the Ecuadorian Amazon is nearing an end. This briefing paper provides a brief background on this historic legal battle, followed by an outline of some of Chevron's strategies to evade accountability for one of the world's worst ecological disasters.     More »

Chevron Trying to Block Testimony of Diego Borja About Falsifying Evidence In Ecuador Trial, Plaintiffs Charge

Chevron Operative Accused of Defying Court Order
18 January 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

San Francisco, CA – Chevron is attempting to block or delay the sworn deposition testimony of the company's Ecuadorian "dirty tricks" operative Diego Borja, the spokesperson for the Ecuadorians suing Chevron for oil contamination in the Amazonian rainforest, charged today.      More »

Chevron Operatives Leave California After Being Called to Testify About Falsifying Evidence in Ecuador Environmental Trial

Diego Borja, Sarah Portilla, & Wayne Hansen Fighting Subpoenas Issued by U.S. Courts
6 January 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

San Francisco, CA – Chevron's self-described "clandestine" operations agent Diego Borja, his wife Sarah Portilla, and collaborator Wayne Hansen have left California after two U.S. Federal Courts authorized subpoenas to be served upon them related to charges that they tried to corrupt the environmental trial in Ecuador.     More »

Plaintiffs' Motion to Depose Diego Borja

31 December 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Plaintiffs' motion to depose Chevron operative Diego Borja, who has admitted to having evidence of Chevron misconduct in the trial.     More »

Legal Threats Against Judge Nicolas Zambrano

21 December 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In a series of recent legal papers, Chevron lawyers Enrique Carbajal and Alberto Racines threatened trial Judge Nicolas Zambrano with criminal sanctions and prison if he failed to grant their motions asking for a dismissal of the case, which has been on trial since 2003 in the Amazon town of Lago Agrio.     More »

Chevron's Desperation, Evidence Tampering, and Insults to Indigenous Culture Growing In Ecuador Trial

Oil Giant's Lawyers Concoct Fake "Forgery" to Cover Up Their Own Pattern of Unlawful Activity At Trial
21 December 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador – With evidence growing that it has engaged in blatant misconduct to undermine an epic environmental trial in Ecuador, Chevron is now claiming that the fingerprint signatures of mostly illiterate indigenous persons filed years ago with the court as part of the original lawsuit were "forged" and that therefore the 17-year trial should be nullified.     More »

Sanctioned Chevron Lawyers Violating New Court Order in Ecuador Environmental Trial

Chevron Refusing to Pay Court Expert After He Found Contamination At "Remediated" Sites
30 November 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Lago Agrio, Ecuador – Chevron lawyers who were recently sanctioned for obstructing the Ecuador environmental trial where the company faces a potential $113 billion liability are defying yet another court order, according to court papers made available today.     More »

Patton Boggs Blasts Chevron 'Threats' in $113 Billion Ecuadorian Environmental Case

22 November 2010 | Courthouse News Service

Patton Boggs claims Chevron is trying to undermine the $113 billion environmental lawsuit it faces in Ecuador by intimidating attorneys who stand in its way. The law firm claims that Chevron "will not be content until there remains no attorney left in this country who will dare provide representation to the Ecuadorian plaintiffs, lest their good name be dragged through the mud."     More »

Comedy Video Rips Chevron's New "Greenwashing" PR Campaign

Video and parody ad contest are latest initiatives in grassroots effort that has overshadowed oil giant's new "We Agree" ad campaign
17 November 2010 | Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network, The Yes Men

With today's release of hilarious high-profile parody video from Will Ferrell's online comedy powerhouse FunnyorDie.com, human rights and environmental organizations Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Newtwork, and The Yes Men have unveiled the latest chapter in a national grassroots media campaign that has overshadowed oil giant Chevron's new multi-million dollar PR effort.     More »

Fines Against Two Chevron Lawyers Increased For Obstructing Ecuador Environmental Trial

Oil Giant Reaches Into Bag of Dirty Tricks to Delay End of 17-year Litigation
16 November 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Lago Agrio, Ecuador – A trial judge in Ecuador has increased the penalty for two Chevron lawyers found to be obstructing the trial where the oil giant faces a multi-billion dollar judgment for the deliberate dumping of 18 billion gallons of toxic waste, according to court papers made available today.     More »

Video Reveals Chevron's Fraudulent Oil Cleanup, Evidence Tampering & Lies to U.S. Judges

Released For First Time on Public Website
12 November 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador – New graphic videos showing Chevron's misconduct and environmental contamination in Ecuador were released today for the first time on a public website, representatives of the indigenous groups suing the company announced.      More »

Chevron Sting Operative in U.S. Court over Charges He "Cooked Evidence" in Ecuador Lawsuit, Trying to Quash Subpoena and Avoid Testimony

10 November 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

San Francisco, CA – Self-described Chevron sting operative Diego Borja, scheduled to appear in court today in San Francisco, is conceding that the oil giant "cooked" evidence to defend itself against a multi-billion oil contamination lawsuit in the Ecuadorian rainforest, according to documents filed in court.     More »

Chevron Sting Operative Faces Deposition Under Federal Court Order

Judge Orders Wayne Hansen Deposed, Documents Turned Over as Scandal Tainting Oil Giant Widens
26 October 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Fresno, CA – A federal court in California has ordered the deposition of Chevron sting operative Wayne Hansen, the convicted drug trafficker who in 2009 engaged in a "dirty tricks" operation for the oil giant in Ecuador that tried to undermine a trial judge, according to court papers.     More »

Chevron's Misleading Ad Campaign Ignores Toxic Legacy in Ecuador Rainforest

New Video Provides Devastating Proof of Chevron Toxic Pits in Ecuador
18 October 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, DC – Chevron's abandonment of hundreds of toxic waste pits in Ecuador is being highlighted in a new video by the environmental group Amazon Watch as leaders of indigenous groups from that country blasted the oil giant for launching a misleading advertising campaign designed to cover up its massive environmental liabilities.     More »

Chevron's Ecuador Cancer Problem: 10,000 People at Risk of Contracting Disease in Coming Decades, Says Expert

Oil Giant Faces Up to $69 Billion in Liability for Potential Cancer Deaths
14 October 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador – Almost 10,000 people in Ecuador face a significant risk of contracting cancer in the coming decades due to Chevron's refusal to clean up the billions of gallons of oil waste it dumped into the rain forest, a leading American expert has reported to the Ecuador court where Chevron is a defendant in a multi-billion dollar environmental trial.     More »

Chevron's Lead Ecuador Expert Suffers Major Blow to Credibility in U.S. Trial, Court Documents Say

Chevron Hit With $19 Million Judgment After Jury Rejects John Connor's Testimony
12 October 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – John Connor, Chevron's lead American expert in its multi-billion dollar Ecuador environmental trial, suffered a major blow to his credibility when a U.S. jury rejected his testimony and delivered a $19 million judgment against the oil giant.     More »

Federal Judges Beginning To Question Chevron Legal Strategy In Ecuadorian Lawsuit

7 October 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Federal courts are beginning to raise questions regarding Chevron's efforts to use the U.S. legal system in service of an effort by the oil giant to derail a potential multi-billion dollar environmental lawsuit in Ecuador.     More »

Chevron Hit Hard In Sworn Testimony Over Massive Ecuador Liability

Gibson Dunn Lawyer Flies Into Panic As American Expert Provides Devastating Evidence
6 October 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Denver, CO – One of Chevron's lawyers at the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher flew into a panic during a recent deposition when an American consulting expert began to testify about the massive quantities of toxins dumped by the oil giant in Ecuador, where Chevron faces a multi-billion dollar legal liability, according to court papers filed recently.      More »

Chevron Misleads U.S. Courts with Inaccurate Translation in Multi-Billion Dollar Ecuador Contamination Lawsuit

Gibson Dunn's Aggressive Legal Strategy Backfires In Federal Court
1 October 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron has been submitting an inaccurate and misleading translation to U.S. federal courts as part of its effort to evade liability in the multi-billion dollar Ecuador environmental lawsuit, according to court papers filed recently.     More »

Steven Donziger Response to Chevron's Campaign to Deflect Attention from Its Liability for Massive Oil-Related Environmental Contamination in Ecuador

23 September 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

"Chevron's efforts to smear those acting to hold the oil giant accountable for its criminal misconduct in Ecuador is a long-running tactic of the company. I am the fourth lawyer to represent the Amazonian communities in Ecuador who has been the target of what I believe is abusive legal action by Chevron; this is all part of the company's strategy to delay the trial and distract attention from the mountain of evidence pointing to its responsibility for massive contamination in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest."     More »

Federal Judge Hits Chevron Over Ecuador Litigation Tactics

Says Oil Giant's Legal Motions Are "Spiraling Out of Control"
22 September 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

A federal magistrate judge in Tennessee told Chevron yesterday that he would sharply limit any further discovery of a scientific consultant for the Amazonian communities suing for the clean-up of what is believed to be the world's worst oil-related disaster, according to court papers in the case.     More »

Judge Orders Deposition Of Chevron's Covert Filmmaker

16 September 2010 | Forbes.com

A federal judge in California has ordered the deposition of Diego Fernando Borja Sanchez, the sometime Chevron contractor who filmed ex parte meetings with the judge formerly presiding over a long-running lawsuit over oil spills in the Ecuadorean jungle.     More »

Ecuador Allowed to Depose Witness

16 September 2010 | San Francisco Daily Journal

At the Republic of Ecuador's request, a magistrate judge on Wednesday ordered a man who secretly videotaped an Ecuadorean judge in an alleged bribery scheme involving a massive environmental lawsuit against Chevron Corp. to appear for an Oct. 1 deposition.     More »

Court Orders Deposition of Chevron Contractor

Judge Says Evidence Suggests Borja Was Not "Innocent Third Party" but "Longtime Associate" Whom Chevron "Would Pay for Any Favorable Testimony"
16 September 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Ordering that a Chevron contractor be deposed to explain his involvement in the oil giant's attempts to derail a multi-billion environmental lawsuit against it in Ecuador, a federal district court judge has ruled that evidence suggests Diego Borja is a "longtime associate of Chevron's whom Chevron would pay for any favorable testimony."     More »

New Damages Assessments Due Thursday in Ecuador, but Chevron Refusing to Participate

Judge Has More than 100 Expert Reports as Oil Giant Continues to Obstruct Judicial Process
15 September 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New damages assessments from both Chevron and the Amazonian communities are due in Ecuador's court Thursday, but Chevron has indicated it likely will refuse to participate despite complaining previously it never had the opportunity to submit its own damages report.     More »

With Discovery Bid, Ecuador Turns Tables On Chevron

14 September 2010 | San Francisco Daily Journal

The Republic of Ecuador, which has seen its judicial system come under attack by Chevron Corp. in the last year, has taken a strategy from the oil giant's legal playbook in an effort to defend itself in an arbitration in The Hague.     More »

Lawsuit Targets Chevron "Dirty Tricks" Operative Over Ecuador Video Corruption Scandal

Chevron's Diego Borja Faces Deposition in U.S. Over Activities In Ecuador
14 September 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron employee Diego Borja, the oil giant's self-proclaimed "dirty tricks" operative in Ecuador, has been targeted with a subpoena and deposition demand in California where he now lives on Chevron's payroll within miles of its global headquarters, the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal reported today.     More »

Chevron Fraud in Ecuador: Response to Fortune.com Article

13 September 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Roger Parloff's legal analysis in Fortune is one-sided and fails to adequately capture the enormous financial risk faced by Chevron in Ecuador, even if one accepts his erroneous theory about fraud regarding an expert damage assessment.     More »

Chevron Fraud Evidence Mounts in Ecuador

Bogus Lab Tests, Threats against Plaintiffs Counsel, Ex Parte Meetings with Judge Paint Nasty Picture of Oil Giant's Litigation Tactics
13 September 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Evidence of fraud by Chevron is mounting in Ecuador, dealing the oil giant a potentially crippling blow as it faces a potential multi-billion judgment for environmental damage, representatives of the Amazonian communities asserted today. "Chevron's true complaint is not with the Ecuadorian courts, but with the evidence of its own wrongdoing"     More »

Government of Ecuador's Motion to Depose Diego Borja

10 September 2010

Ecuador's motion to depose Chevron operative Diego Borja, who has admitted to having evidence of Chevron misconduct in the trial.     More »

Court Filing: Chevron’s Own Audits Prove Company Lied About Massive Pollution in Ecuador

Evidence of Chevron's "Stunning Hypocrisy" and Lies to U.S. Federal Courts
31 August 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

A U.S. Federal Court has been presented with two separate audits conducted at Chevron's request that show "clear and convincing evidence" that the oil giant knowingly dumped billions of gallons of toxic waste directly into the Amazon and subsequently lied to cover it up, according to a legal brief by the 30,000 Ecuadorian rainforest residents suing the company for the illegal dumping.     More »

Chevron CEO Watson Embroiled in Spy Scandal to Undermine $27 Billion Ecuador Trial

Kroll's Sam Anson Identified As Chevron Undercover Operative Running Illicit Program
17 August 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron CEO John Watson is again on the hot seat after the company's growing spy scandal in Ecuador was highlighted on a nationally-syndicated news program only weeks after he ordered that five shareholders arrested at the company's annual meeting for challenging him over the company's Ecuador contamination.     More »

Chevron Submits "Wild" Distortions of Ecuador Video to Federal Court; Conceals Evidence of Own Misconduct

Violates Federal Court Order By Sending Filings to Media
16 August 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In an explosive legal filing, lawyers for Ecuador's Amazonian communities suing Chevron for environmental damage have submitted evidence that the oil giant is attempting to mislead a U.S. Federal Court with "wild, superficial allegations" based on "snippets" of private video outtakes from Joe Berlinger's award-winning documentary film CRUDE.     More »

Chevron Abused Federal Court With "False and Misleading" Use of Ecuador Footage, Says Filmmaker

CRUDE Director Berlinger Provides Evidence That Chevron Violated Court Order
11 August 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron is facing blistering criticism from Joe Berlinger, the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary CRUDE, for violating a court order and making "false and misleading" statements about film outtakes shot by Mr. Berlinger, according to legal papers filed by Berlinger's lawyers before a New York federal judge.     More »

Ecuador Court Invites Final Submissions on Damages in Chevron Environmental Lawsuit

Chevron's Hypocrisy On Display As Oil Giant Tries to Block Relief It Had Previously Requested
09 August 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In what should be viewed as a gain for Chevron, the Ecuadorian judge overseeing the multi-billion dollar environmental lawsuit against the oil giant has ordered both parties to submit independent damages assessments within six weeks, lawyers for the Amazonian communities announced today.     More »

Chevron Outed for Corporate Espionage Spy Scandal in Ecuador's Amazon Rainforest

Atlantic Magazine Exposes Offer to Journalist to Go Undercover to Sabotage $27 Billion Environmental Case
03 August 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron, long accused of engaging in an illegal dirty tricks campaign in Ecuador, tried to recruit an American journalist to take part in a corporate espionage spy ring in Ecuador's Amazon to undermine an expected multi-billion judgment against the oil giant in a high-profile environmental lawsuit, according to an article published in the latest issue of The Atlantic.     More »

Statement from Ecuador Plaintiffs Regarding Chevron's Attempt to Obtain Private Film Outtakes

14 July 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron's legal theatrics in New York are part of a larger strategy created to evade responsibility for creating the world's worst and longest-lasting environmental catastrophe. Today's hearing was part of a much broader effort by Chevron to launch multiple litigations in various states and countries to hide the company's massive legal and reputational problems in Ecuador from its own shareholders, employees and the public.      More »

Report: The Lasting Stain of Oil

Cautionary Tales and Lessons from the Amazon
28 June 2010 | Amazon Watch

What Amazonian tribes affected by Chevron's oil disaster can share with Gulf Coast communities.     More »

Indigenous Amazon Victims Call for Chevron to End Attempts to Sabotage Court System

Chevron Would Have Opportunity to Submit Information Before Court Issues Final Decree in Ecological Disaster Case
23 June 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Lawyers representing the victims of a massive ecological disaster caused by Chevron's oil explorations in the Amazon rainforest have called on the company to end its reckless campaign to sabotage the Ecuadoran court system.     More »

Chevron CEO Watson Joins BP on Hot Seat In Congress For Ecuador Disaster, Nigeria Killings

California Company Facing Renewed Charges of Human Rights Abuses on Eve of Hearing
15 June 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

BP's executives will be joined by Chevron CEO John Watson as oil men on the Congressional hot seat today. Chevron's Watson will testify today before the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment as he faces withering criticism for the mishandling of an oil disaster in Ecuador's Amazon that is considered far larger and more devastating than the tragic BP spill in the Gulf.     More »

Key Witness Testifies that Chevron Paid Bribes, Switched Soil Samples in $27b Ecuador Lawsui

Communities Urge Ecuadorian Prosecutors to Interview Chevron Contractor Diego Borja over Massive Fraud by Oil Giant
11 June 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

A Chevron contractor bragged that he participated in a wide-ranging fraud by Chevron to pay bribes, fake court-ordered soil samples and doctor evidence to cover up the company's culpability in a $27.3 billion environmental lawsuit, according to sworn testimony from a key government witness.     More »

Was Oil Named 'Crude' Because of the Way Oil Companies Do Business?

8 June 2010 | Huffington Post

Let me leave it to you; which is it? "Couldn't be" or "certainly possible"? The recent BP crisis could be called the greatest of "natural" disasters. Natural for a company that had already received 760 citations for "egregious, willful violations," accounting for "97% of all flagrant violations found in the refining industry..." according to the Center for Public Integrity, as quoted by Frank Rich in this past Sunday's New York Times.     More »

Chevron Facing Rising Tide of Public Anger Over BP-Like Environmental Tragedy in Amazon Rainforest

Oil Giant’s Actions Over Ecuador Disaster Condemned by Redford, Herbert, and Perkins as Chorus of Prominent Voices Grows
7 June 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Actor and filmmaker Robert Redford, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert and bestselling author John Perkins are the latest voices to condemn Chevron's desperate maneuvers to avoid liability for the massive oil disaster that has plagued Ecuador's rainforest for almost fifty years.     More »

Disaster in the Amazon

4 June 2010 | The New York Times

BP's calamitous behavior in the Gulf of Mexico is the big oil story of the moment. But for many years, indigenous people from a formerly pristine region of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador have been trying to get relief from an American company, Texaco (which later merged with Chevron), for what has been described as the largest oil-related environmental catastrophe ever.     More »

Joe Berlinger vs. Chevron: Why We Must All Defend Independent Filmmaking

4 June 2010 | Huffington Post

Filmmakers like Joe Berlinger fulfill a crucial role in today's society by providing independent information on pressing contemporary human rights and social issues. Their success as storytellers depends on access to those men and women willing to talk on camera. If the subjects of those documentaries are fearful of the ramifications of telling the truth then the filmmaker has no story.     More »

Filmmaker's Battle With Chevron Gains Support of The New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO, Dow Jones, AP, Hearst, Gannett and The Washington Post

Floyd Abrams, Leading First Amendment Lawyer, to Lead Court Fight for Major Media to Protect Film Footage
2 June 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron's attempt to view more than 600 hours of private video outtakes from celebrated filmmaker Joe Berlinger is now being opposed by The New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, Dow Jones, the Associated Press, the Hearst Newspapers, the Daily News, and the Gannett Company, according to court papers filed this week by one of the nation's leading First Amendment lawyers.     More »

Tragic BP Gulf Spill Casts Light on Chevron Disaster in Ecuador

While BP Is Largest Spill In U.S., Chevron's Ecuador Disaster Is Largest In World
Chevron Admits Dumping at Least 16 Billion Gallons of Toxic Waste into Rainforest

1 June 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

As the nation remains riveted on the tragic BP spill unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, Chevron still holds the record for creating the world's largest oil-related contamination and it happened deliberately in the populated Amazon rainforest in an even more sensitive ecosystem than the marshes of Louisiana.     More »

Chevron General Counsel Misleads Public in Desperate Defense of $27 Billion Ecuador Environmental Disaster

Chevron's Hewitt Pate Issues False Statements Ahead of Wednesday Shareholder Meeting
24 May 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron's chief lawyer, Hewitt Pate, is putting out false statements to lay the groundwork for the oil giant to avoid paying a potential $27.3 billion judgment for contaminating the Ecuadorian rainforest ahead of the annual shareholder meeting Wednesday, representatives of the indigenous and farmer communities suing Chevron said today.     More »

Chevron Sues Over 'Crude'

A documentary's unused footage, akin to reporters' notes, should be protected
20 May 2010 | Los Angeles Times

Journalism that serves society does not always spring from objectivity, nor is it always written from a distance. When Upton Sinclair exposed the conditions of Chicago's meat industry, he did so on assignment from a socialist newspaper. He went to work in grim stockyards and returned with "The Jungle." The result was a revolution in food safety and the founding of the Food and Drug Administration.     More »

Filmmaker Battling Chevron Over Ecuador Footage Receives Groundswell of Support

Bill Moyers, Trudie Styler, Michael Moore, Ric Burns Warn of "Chilling Effect" on Journalists and Whistleblowers
Growing Public Relations Problem for Chevron; Hearing Today on Stay Request

19 May 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron's attempt to use a U.S. federal court to gain access to more than 600 hours of private video outtakes of its Ecuador environmental disaster from the celebrated filmmaker Joe Berlinger has run into a groundswell of criticism as the issue heads up to an appellate court for judicial review.     More »

Critics' Annual Report Blasts Chevron

19 May 2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

The corporate annual report - that glossy, seldom-read staple of the business world - usually features upbeat words and images showcasing a company's stellar year. The "True Cost of Chevron" alternative annual report, in contrast, features a cover photo of an oil spill.     More »

Chevron's "Crude" Attempt to Suppress Free Speech

14 May 2010 | Huffington Post

Even as headlines and broadcast news are dominated by BP's fire-ravaged, sunken offshore rig and the ruptured well gushing a reported 210,000 gallons of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico, there's another important story involving Big Oil and pollution – one that shatters not only the environment but the essential First Amendment right of journalists to tell truth and shame the devil.     More »

Chevron Lawyers Commit Fraud to Undercount Oil Contamination in Ecuador

29 April 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron's lawyers are trying to defraud an Ecuadorian Court by reporting contamination results in an environmental trial using laboratory tests that intentionally exclude the detection of harmful hydrocarbons, representatives of the indigenous and farmer communities suing Chevron said today.     More »

Chevron Lawyer Faces Sanctions for Misleading Court Over "Dirty Tricks" Operation in Ecuador

Adolfo Callejas Charged With Hiding Information to Delay Trial
27 April 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron's lead lawyer in Ecuador faces sanctions for misleading the court about a "dirty tricks" operation that the oil giant used to try to delay an environmental trial where it faces a multi-billion dollar liability, representatives of the plaintiffs announced today.     More »

Chevron Lied To Columbia Journalism Review About Toxic Oil Well

20 April 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

The plaintiffs in the eco-disaster lawsuit in Ecuador against Chevron released information today that proves the oil giant lied to the highly respected Columbia Journalism Review about an oil well site in the rainforest featured in a 60 Minutes piece that aired almost a year ago.     More »

Chevron Whistleblower Reveals Evidence Tampering in Ecuador, but Oil Giant Ignores It

Allegations that Laboratory Was Controlled by Chevron
16 April 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron is ignoring explosive charges that it tampered with crucial scientific evidence and intentionally misled the court in the Aguinda v ChevronTexaco environmental trial in Ecuador, representatives of the plaintiffs say.     More »

Santiago Escobar Press Conference

Santiago Escobar Press Conference

06 April 2010

Press conference with Santiago Escobar, the childhood friend of Chevron operative Diego Borja. Borja admitted on tape that he had evidence of Chevron's misconduct during the trial, including tampering with evidence.     More »

Chevron "Cooked" Evidence in Ecuador Environmental Trial, According to Oil Giant's Own Contractor

Diego Borja & Wife Worked For Chevron & Represented Oil Company's "Independent" Lab To Test Contamination Samples
06 April 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In a series of stunning revelations from recorded conversations, longtime Chevron contractor Diego Borja threatened to reveal damaging evidence "cooked" by Chevron in the environmental trial in Ecuador unless he received enough money for turning over secret videotapes to high-ranking Chevron executives in June 2009.     More »

Petition Delivery to Chevron Headquarters

Petition Delivery to Chevron Headquarters

04 March 2010

Indigenous Ecuadorean leader Emergildo Criollo traveled from Amazon rainforest to California to deliver 325,000+ letters urging Chevron’s new CEO John Watson to clean up the oil giant’s toxic legacy.     More »

Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network Response to Chevron's Statements About Meeting with Indigenous Leader from Ecuador

04 March 2010 | Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network requested to meet personally with new Chevron CEO John Watson in order to allow Emergildo the opportunity to deliver a direct appeal, and tell the story of how Chevron's contamintion has affected him and his family. Watson did not receive Emergildo and he was met instead by Chevron public relations executives.     More »

Ecuadorean Indigenous Leader Asks CA Lawmakers for Support in Campaign to Demand Chevron Clean Up its Pollution in Amazon

Indigenous Ecuadorean Leader Travels from Amazon Rainforest to California to Gather Support from Lawmakers to Push Chevron to Clean up Environmental Disaster
Senator Fran Pavley and Assemblymember Jared Huffman Host Reception for Emergildo Criollo

03 March 2010 | Amazon Watch

Today, an Indigenous leader from Ecuador is meeting with California legislators and asking for their support in a 16+ year campaign to demand Chevron remediate massive oil contamination affecting over 30,000 people. Emergildo Criollo has traveled from his home in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest region to deliver a direct message to Chevron's new CEO John Watson, along with more than 325,000 petitions signed by people in over 150 countries, supporting his appeal.     More »

Pressure Grows for Chevron to Clean Up Ecuador

Indigenous Ecuadorean leader travels from Amazon rainforest to California to deliver 325,000+ letters urging Chevron's new CEO John Watson to clean up the oil giant's toxic legacy
02 March 2010 | Amazon Watch

Today, an Indigenous Ecuadorean leader attempted to deliver letters from over 325,000 people urging Chevron's new CEO John Watson to clean up his company's toxic oil contamination in Ecuador. Emergildo Criollo traveled from his home in the Amazon rainforest to deliver a strong message from his community and supporters: Clean up Ecuador.     More »

Chevron, Plaintiffs Seek Gains as Verdict Nears

02 March 2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

As a verdict nears in the long-running environmental lawsuit against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador, both sides are ratcheting up the pressure. This morning, a man who says oil field contamination in Ecuador's rain forest killed two of his children will try to meet with Chevron's new chief executive officer, John Watson.     More »

Chevron’s Charles James Leaves Behind "Legal and Public Relations Disaster" in Ecuador Amazon Case

Stunning Fall from Grace for Former High-Level U.S. Government Official
Law Enforcement Probes of Chevron in Two Countries

01 March 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron's curt announcement last week that former general counsel Charles James is set to retire is due largely to his mishandling of the oil giant's "legal and public relations disaster" over a potential $27 billion environmental liability in Ecuador, representatives of the Amazon Defense Coalition (ADC) said today.     More »

Ricardo Reis Veiga Explains the Eight Steps of

Ricardo Reis Veiga Explains the Eight Steps of "Remediation"

13 February 2010

Chevron attorney Ricardo Reis Veiga, one of the two company attorneys who negotiated the fraudulent remediation agreement, explains the eight steps of the so-called "remediation" but slips up and admits the oil sites were never cleaned.     More »

Response to Chevron's Myths about the Cabrera Report

10 February 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

A point-by-point response to Chevron's misrepresentations about Richard Cabrera, a court-appointed expert who conducted a damages assessment not to the company’s liking.     More »

Chevron Hit with Motion for Preliminary Injunction in Federal Court to Stop Arbitration

Ecuador Accuses Oil Giant of Reneging on Promises to US Federal Court and "Triple Forum Shopping"
10 February 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In a blistering attack against Chevron, lawyers for the government of Ecuador accused the oil giant of "triple forum shopping" and reneging on legally-enforceable promises in a motion asking a federal judge to shut down an international arbitration that Chevron is using to try to escape a potential $27 billion environmental liability.     More »

Chevron Caught Misrepresenting Facts about Expert Report in Ecuador Trial

Oil Giant "Desperate" to Derail $27 Billion Liability
09 February 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In its latest attempt to evade a $27 billion liability in Ecuador, Chevron is misrepresenting key facts about a court-appointed expert who conducted a damages assessment not to the company’s liking, representatives of the plaintiffs announced.     More »

Chevron Facing Free Speech Problems In U.S. Over Defense of $27 Billion Ecuador Lawsuit

Charges of Intimidation as Corporate Executives "Freak Out" at Houston Marathon
26 January 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Steven Karpas, director of the marathon, told the runners from RAN that "higher ups at Chevron are freaking out" and threatened to arrest them if they didn’t leave. Police then ejected the runners from the city-owned and operated building for exercising their right to free speech, giving rise to First Amendment claims against both the city of Houston and Chevron, according to RAN.     More »

Ecuador Class Action Plaintiffs Strike Back at Chevron's Cynical Game of Musical Jurisdictions

18 January 2010 | International Business Law Advisor

The seventeen-year war between Ecuador’s 30,000 class plaintiffs against oil giant Chevron continues its global odyssey, as the oil giant pulls out every trick in the book to avoid an impending $27 Billion judgment against it in Ecuador for contaminating an immense portion of rainforest and devastating the local population.     More »

Activists Ousted from Expo for Chevron-Sponsored Marathon

15 January 2010 | Associated Press

The environmental group Amazon Watch is welcoming new Chevron Chairman and CEO John Watson to his new post with a video and petition campaign urging him to clean up massive oil pollution in Ecuador.     More »

Amazon Tribes Sue Chevron in U.S. Federal Court to Stop Arbitration over $27 Billion Lawsuit

Chevron Charged with Trying to Use Secret Tribunal to Undermine Rule of Law
14 January 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Representatives of Amazonian indigenous groups in Ecuador went to U.S. federal court in New York today to enjoin Chevron from initiating a closed-door international arbitration against Ecuador's government designed to eliminate the company's potential $27 billion liability for contaminating a huge swath of rainforest and devastating the local population.     More »

Shareholder Resolutions

In late 2009, Chevron may be ordered to pay the largest damages award in environmental law history – possibly upwards of $27 billion — for deliberately dumping 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into an inhabited area of the Ecuadorian Amazon during three decades.

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Trading with Ecuador

Washington Must Resist Efforts by Chevron to Interfere with an Andean Trade Agreement
03 December 2009 | Los Angeles Times

Facing the possibility of a $27 billion pollution judgment against it in an Ecuadorean court, Chevron launched an aggressive lobbying and public relations campaign to try to prevent the judgment as well as reverse a deeply damaging story line.      More »

Chevron Using Six Public Relations Firms to Discredit Indigenous Groups In $27.3 Billion Environmental Case In Ecuador

Lobbyists – Mac McLarty, John Breaux, Trent Lott, Mickey Kantor, Carla Hills and Others – Charged With Misrepresenting Facts
20 November 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron has retained at least twelve public relations firms and lobbyists to discredit claims of Amazon indigenous groups on the eve of an expected multi-billion dollar judgment against the oil giant in an environmental lawsuit in Ecuador, according to representatives of the tribes in the U.S.     More »

Chevron's Lobby Campaign Backfires

16 November 2009 | Politico

Facing the possibility of a $27 billion pollution judgment against it in an Ecuadorean court, Chevron launched an aggressive lobbying and public relations campaign to try to prevent the judgment as well as reverse a deeply damaging story line.      More »

Kerry Kennedy Accuses Chevron of Cultural Genocide in Ecuador Rainforest

Daughter of RFK Appalled by "Chevron’s Chernobyl"
06 November 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

The massive oil contamination for which Chevron faces a potential $27 billion liability in Ecuador's courts is a "clear violation" of the rights of indigenous peoples to life, security, and self-determination, said Kerry Kennedy, a human rights advocate and daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy.     More »

Chevron and Cultural Genocide in Ecuador

04 November 2009 | The Huffington Post

Traces of paradise are still visible. From the air, the rainforest appears as silvery mist and swaths of verdant green. But beneath the cloud cover and canopy, the jungle is a tangle of oil slicks, festering sludge, and rusted pipeline.     More »

Chevron's Man in Ecuador: Felon, Drug-Trafficker, and Liar, Oh My!

31 October 2009 | The Huffington Post

To defend itself in a major environmental lawsuit in Ecuador, it appears that American oil giant Chevron is employing methods – and people – that are as dirty as the toxic waste pits it left scattered across the rainforest floor.     More »

Revelation Undermines Chevron Case In Ecuador

29 October 2009 | The New York Times

An American whose secret recordings have placed him at the center of a $27 billion lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador is a convicted drug trafficker, records show, throwing another complication into a case already tainted by accusations of bribery and espionage.     More »

Report Adds Bizarre Twist to Ecuador Chevron Case

29 October 2009 | Reuters

A lawsuit against Chevron over pollution of Ecuador's jungle in the 1990s took another bizarre turn when the plaintiffs released a report saying a man who helped force the removal of an Ecuadorean judge from the $27 billion case is a convicted drug smuggler.     More »

Felon Involved in Clandestine Videos

29 October 2009 | Associated Press

One of two men who made clandestine video recordings allegedly showing government bias and kickback-soliciting in a $27 billion oil contamination lawsuit is a convicted felon with a history of legal troubles.     More »

Ecuador Oil Pollution Case Takes New Turn

Ecuador Oil Pollution Case Takes New Turn

29 October 2009 | Al Jazeera

Lucia Newman, Al Jazeera's Latin America editor, reports from Ecuador on the case, and Karen Hinton, a spokesperson for the plaintiffs, talks about the recent developments in the lawsuit, including the revelation that Chevron's key witness in the alleged bribery scandal is a convicted felon with a checkered past.     More »

American Who Shot Secret Videos for Chevron in Ecuador Is Convicted Drug Trafficker

Investigation Reveals Life of Deception, No Connection to Oil Remediation, and No Stable Employment
29 October 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Wayne Hansen, the American businessman who helped make the secret videos being used by Chevron in an attempt to taint an environmental trial where the company faces a $27 billion liability, is a convicted felon who was charged with conspiring to import more than 275,000 pounds of marijuana from Colombia to the United States.     More »

Chevron Admits Its Lawyers Present at Key Meeting with Ecuador Man Who Taped Video Scandal

In New Letter, Company Refuses to Turn Over Forensic Analysis of Videos; Confirms Ongoing Payments to Ecuadorian Contractor Who Made Tapes
28 October 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In a stunning admission, Chevron's top outside counsel on the Ecuador environmental case has publicly conceded that the company's own lawyers met with a Chevron contractor regarding his secret video recordings just days before he taped a critical meeting in Ecuador about a purported bribe that the company is trying to use to taint a trial where it faces a $27.3 billion environmental liability.     More »

Incoming Chevron Chief Toes Company Line on Ecuador Oil Pollution Case During Debut in Nation’s Capital

Supporters of Amazon Residents Who Are Suing Chevron for Environmental Cleanup Put $27 Billion Contamination Case Front and Center During CEO-to-be John Watson's Chamber of Commerce Visit
27 October 2009

Incoming Chevron CEO John S. Watson’s debut speech in the nation’s capital addressed a range of issues from the future of the world’s energy economy to rising gas prices to the company’s $27 billion litigation in Ecuador for massive environmental contamination. Asked how he would address the massive oil pollution case as CEO, Watson toed the company line, vowing to continue Chevron’s practice of evading responsibility for the contamination inherited from Texaco upon its acquisition of the company in 2001.      More »

Ecuador: The Tribes vs. Chevron-Texaco

Ecuador: The Tribes vs. Chevron-Texaco

27 October 2009 | Latin Pulse

Latin Pulse talks with Joe Berlinger about his new film on the case, Crude, and with Amazon Watch about the worst environmental disaster since Chernobyl.     More »

Activists Confront CEO-to-be John Watson at the Chamber of Commerce

Activists Confront CEO-to-be John Watson at the Chamber of Commerce

Signs Spell Out "Mr. Watson, What Will You Do About Ecuador?"
27 October 2009

Activists organized by Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network challenged Mr. Watson as he spoke to the National Chamber Foundation at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.     More »

Not Simply an Underdog's Tale

23 October 2009 | The Washington Post

Had Michael Moore wanted to make a serious movie about capitalism, he would have made "Crude." And yet, "Crude" is that rare thing in fiction or nonfiction cinema, a movie that relies on its audience to draw the right conclusions.     More »

Kerry Kennedy Interviewed by Rick Sanchez on CNN

Kerry Kennedy Interviewed by Rick Sanchez on CNN

22 October 2009 | CNN

CNN's Rick Sanchez interviews Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights (and RFK's daughter). Kennedy, who visited parts of the Amazon province of Sucumbios by invitation of the plaintiffs to witness ecological damage, said that Chevron must be held responsible and compensate the local populations.     More »

Acclaimed Film About Chevron's Eco-Disaster In Ecuador To Open In Nation's Capital

Time of Intense Questioning of Chevron's Campaign to Undermine $27 Billion Trial
22 October 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

The award-winning documentary Crude, which chronicles the compelling 16-year struggle of indigenous groups in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest to hold Chevron accountable for the world's largest oil-related contamination, opens in the nation's capital Friday during a time of intense scrutiny of a trial where the oil giant faces a $27 billion liability that could eat up one-fifth of its market value.     More »

Statement by Human Rights Activist Kerry Kennedy After Touring the Chevron Oil Pits in the Ecuadorian Rainforest and Speaking to Local Residents

15 October 2009

I have read hundreds of pages of documents, and seen numerous videos and photographs, of the damage done in Ecuador by Texaco and its mothership Chevron, but nothing could prepare me for the horror that I witnessed last week.     More »

Chevron's Story on Ecuador Bribery Scandal Continues to Unravel

News Outlets Expose Discrepancies in Chevron Account; Ecuador Calls for DOJ to Investigate Possible Criminal Violations
13 October 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Questions are mounting over Chevron's continued refusal to respond to new facts that suggest the company manufactured secret videos to undermine a civil trial in Ecuador.     More »

Big Oil Still the Big Dog

13 October 2009 | Seattle Post Intelligencer

Peter Maas, author of "Crude World", delivers a basic truth about the architects of our carbon economy: Big oil has no permanent allegiances, only permanent self-interests.     More »

Ecuador Oil Pollution Case Only Grows Murkier

9 October 2009 | The New York Times

The multibillion-dollar legal case between Amazon peasants and Chevron over oil pollution in Ecuador's rain forest keeps unfolding more like a mystery thriller than a battle of briefs.     More »

LA Times Blasts Chevron for "Shifty" Litigation Tactics

Negative Publicity Continues to Cast Shadow Over Oil Giant
5 October 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron’s attempt to move the battle over its $27 billion environmental liability in Ecuador to a secret international tribunal where indigenous groups would not be represented has been blasted by the Los Angeles Times, which characterized it as a "shifty shifting of venue" designed to avoid accountability for the company’s devastation of the Amazon rainforest.     More »

Chevron's Shifty Shifting of Venue

2 October 2009 | Los Angeles Times

The oil giant, facing a $27-billion damage claim in a pollution case brought by natives in Ecuador, shops the case to The Hague in a bid to escape liability.      More »

Chevron CEO’s Legacy Marred by Mishandling of Ecuador Environmental Crisis

Failure to Properly Vet Texaco for Liability Likely Drove O’Reilly to Retire Early, Say Amazonian Communities
September 30 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

David O’Reilly’s surprise early retirement as CEO of Chevron comes at a time he was under increasing pressure from shareholders and the media over an environmental liability in Ecuador that could eat up roughly 20% of the market value of the company and has caused a wave of negative publicity and scrutiny from Wall Street analysts and a potential criminal investigation by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.      More »

Questions about Chevron Role in Ecuador Bribery Scandal

September 2009

In what appears to be a last-ditch effort to evade a potential $27.3 billion environmental liability in Ecuador, Chevron recently posted to YouTube secret video recordings that the company claimed implicates the trial judge and government officials in a purported $3 million bribery scheme.     More »

Trudie Styler Personally Invites 6000 Chevron Employees to CRUDE

CRUDE Documentary to Premiere in Chevron’s Backyard
25 September 2009 | Amazon Watch

CRUDE, the acclaimed and controversial documentary chronicling the $27 billion lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador, opens in San Francisco, Chevron’s backyard, this Friday. In advance of the premiere, today prominent human rights activist featured in CRUDE, Trudie Styler, has extended a personal invitation to all 6,000 Bay Area Chevron employees to attend a screening of the film for free.     More »

Ecuador Rejects Chevron Arbitration Claim

24 September 2009 | Associated Press

Ecuador on Thursday rejected as an inappropriate last-ditch effort Chevron Corp.'s attempt to force it into international arbitration so it might share liability in a $27 billion lawsuit over environmental damage in the Amazon rainforest.     More »

Chevron’s Recent Setbacks In U.S. Courts Forced Its Hand On Arbitration Claim, Lawyers Say

Latest Move to Avoid $27 Billion Environmental Liability Contains Risks for Oil Giant
24 September 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron’s filing of an arbitration claim against Ecuador’s government over a potential $27.3 billion environmental liability in Ecuador can best be explained by an embarrassing string of legal defeats the company has suffered in U.S. and Ecuadorian courts on several of the same issues the company will bring before the arbitration panel, lawyers for the Amazonian communities said today.      More »

Lawyer Steven Donziger On Chevron's Warped Values In Ecuador

16 September 2009 | Forbes

For all the nice words, Chevron's actions – and values – have not always been so responsible. In fact, there is increasing evidence that some of those actions have been downright harmful to the environment and continue to create health risks for thousands of men, woman and children.      More »

Chevron Helps Hire Two Criminal Defense Attorneys In Ecuador Bribery Scheme

Oil Giant Trying to Block Investigation of Its Own Role in Doctoring Videos and Facilitating Misconduct,
Says Amazon Defense Coalition

15 September 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron has arranged for two prominent criminal defense attorneys in the San Francisco Bay Area to represent the men who secretly videotaped a purported bribery scheme in Ecuador, apparently to block an investigation to determine the company's own role in orchestrating the incident to disrupt a trial where Chevron faces a $27 billion liability.     More »

Amazon Watch Letter to Chevron Board Members

15 September 2009 | Amazon Watch

We write to urge you to investigate recent activities of Chevron's management, legal team, and public relations firms which may have violated Chevron's own code of ethics, U.S. and Ecuadorian law, and exposed your company to significant criminal and civil liability.     More »

Crude Filmmaker Responds to Chevron’s Attacks on Acclaimed New Documentary

Chevron Becomes More Defensive as theaters fill up for "Crude"
11 September 2009

In the September 9 Reuters news story “Is Chevron Scared of ‘Crude’ The Movie?”, Chevron spokesperson Kent Robertson criticizes the award-winning new film Crude on the day of its theatrical premiere, calling it “long on emotion and short on facts.” Crude director Joe Berlinger responds to the allegations:     More »

Is Chevron Scared Of "Crude" The Movie?

9 September 2009 | Reuters

One of the stars of "Crude," a documentary about a $27 billion environmental lawsuit filed against the company on behalf of residents of Ecuador's Amazon, certainly thinks so. A spokesman for Chevron vehemently denies it.     More »

Free Speech Radio News previews CRUDE

9 September 2009 | Free Speech Radio News

FSRN spoke with Mitch Anderson, the lead campaigner for Amazon Watch's Ecuador project.     More »

Ecuador Seeks Legal Action Against Chevron

9 Semptember 2009 | Dow Jones

Ecuador's attorney general wants legal action in the U.S. against Chevron Corp. after the company released videos that it says showed undue influence on a court case involving Chevron.     More »

American Businessman Wayne Hansen Has Ties to Chevron in Bribery Scheme, Investigation Finds

New Information Contradicts Earlier Claim by Oil Giant As Questions Grow About Chevron's Own Role
9 September 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, DC – Three leading female environmental and human rights advocates – Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Trudie Styler, co-founder of the Rainforest Foundation with husband Sting, and Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights – have issued independent calls for Chevron to clean up the company's Ecuador environmental disaster on the eve of a court judgment where the oil giant faces a potential $27 billion liability.     More »

LA Times Editorial Calls For Investigation Into Chevron’s Release Of Its “Sting” Videotapes

September 7 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In an editorial this Saturday, the Los Angeles Times called for an investigation into Chevron’s production and release of its "sting" videotapes that seek to derail a $27 billion lawsuit brought against the company for oil contamination in the Ecuadorian rainforest.     More »

Chevron's Legal Fireworks

Seeking to change its fortunes in a Ecuador case it's expected to lose, the oil giant releases an explosive video.
5 September 2009 | Los Angeles Times

Only weeks ago, the 16-year legal battle between Chevron Corp. and thousands of indigenous people in Ecuador's Amazon seemed as if it were coming to a close. After years of delay, all that remained was for the judge -- there are no jury trials in Ecuador -- to deliver a verdict on whether the oil company is responsible for wide-scale contamination. But Chevron, which is widely expected to lose and could be assessed a staggering $27 billion in damages, is not going down without some legal pyrotechnics.
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Statement from Amazon Defense Coalition Regarding Judge Recusal

From Steven Donziger on behalf of the Amazon communities
4 September 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Statement of Amazon Defense Coalition on the recusal of Judge Nuñez in order for legal proceedings to continue uninterrupted in the $27 billion lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador     More »

Major Flaws Emerge In Chevron Bribery Story

New Scrutiny of Chevron's Own Conduct In Possible "Dirty Tricks" Operation. Oil Giant Hiding Witnesses; DOJ Pressed to Investigate Role of Chevron Legal Team;
Company Refusing to Turn Over Evidence

3 September 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Significant flaws are emerging in Chevron's version of events surrounding a purported Ecuador bribery scandal where company officials are trying to taint a long-running trial involving a potential $27 billion liability, representatives of the Amazon indigenous communities said today.     More »

Ecuador vs. Chevron: Evidence of a Fix, or Video Entrapment?

3 September 2009 | TIME Magazine

The videos, recorded in June, show Judge Juan Nuñez in meetings with two men, an American and an Ecuadorian, who are allegedly soliciting cleanup deals. Nuñez appears to be merely explaining to them the judicial process involved in the Chevron suit.     More »

Chevron Accused of Nixon-Style Dirty Tricks Operation In Ecuador

Chevron’s Video Transcripts Raise Questions About Oil Giant’s Misconduct to Delay $27 billion Environmental Trial In Ecuador. Department of Justice Asked to Focus on Chevron
1 September 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In a maneuver reminiscent of Richard Nixon’s infamous “dirty tricks” operations, Chevron has posted a series of grainy videos on YouTube in an attempt to corrupt the trial proceedings where the company faces a $27 billion liability for environmental damage, representatives of the indigenous communities in Ecuador charged Tuesday.      More »

Statement of Amazon Defense Coalition Over Allegations by Chevron in $27B Ecuador Environmental Case

31 August 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, DC – Statement from Karen Hinton, spokeswoman from Amazon Defense Coalition.     More »

Chevron, Ecuador and a Clash of Cultures

Intertwined with the lawsuit are the indignities suffered by Ecuador's native peoples
29 August 2009 | Los Angeles Times

The facts of Aguinda vs. Texaco Inc. haven't changed since the lawsuit was first filed in 1993, but the world has. After 16 years of litigation in the United States and Ecuador, the lawsuit against Chevron Corp. has become a cause celebre among human rights activists and environmentalists.     More »

Oil, Ecuador and Its People

Today, a swath of the Ecuadorean Amazon remains contaminated beyond imagining. Neither side disputes the devastation, only who should pay for it. Chevron says it is the state oil company's responsibility
28 August 2009 | Los Angeles Times

Today, a swath of the Ecuadorean Amazon remains contaminated beyond imagining. Neither side disputes the devastation, only who should pay for it. Chevron says it is the state oil company's responsibility.     More »

Corporation Responsible for Worst Oil-Related Disaster on Earth Sponsors Nonprofits Conference

Chevron Continues PR Campaign to Mask Human Rights Abuses in Ecuador
27 August 2009 | Amazon Watch

San Francisco – Chevron, a company facing widespread criticism by many Bay Area organizations for human rights abuses and environmental destruction, is the primary sponsor of CompassPoint's "Nonprofit Day".      More »

Amazon Watch Letter to CompassPoint Non-Profit Day Participants

27 August 2009 | Amazon Watch

As your organization participates in CompassPoint’s annual Nonprofit Day, we wish to share important information with you about the involvement of the event’s flagship sponsor - Chevron - in serious, ongoing human rights violations in what is being called the worst oil related disaster on the planet.     More »

Big Penalties Loom for Chevron in Ecuador

An Ecuadoran judge's ruling in an environmental case may make U.S. companies rethink the strategy of pushing lawsuits into overseas courts
24 August 2009 | Business Week

Sixteen years after it was first filed and seven years after it was tossed out of U.S. courts, an environmental contamination lawsuit growing out of Texaco's oil drilling in Ecuador has become a giant legal and public relations headache for Chevron (CVX), which bought Texaco in 2001.     More »

Chevron Suffers Further Setbacks in $27 Billion Ecuador Environmental Trial

Court Fines Chevron Lawyer for Causing Delay; Criminal Prosecution Gains Steam
18 August 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

An Ecuadorian trial judge dealt Chevron another setback when he fined the company’s local counsel for trying to delay the end of a $27 billion environmental trial and referred a court-ordered report to Ecuador’s national prosecutor for possible use in a criminal prosecution of the company, according to court papers made available this week.     More »

60 Seconds

60 Seconds

18 August 2009

Amazon Watch has a new animation from Mark Fiore that sends Chevron a stern warning to clean up their mess in Ecuador!     More »

Chevron Using Deep Pockets to Manufacture "Proof" in $27 Billion Environmental Trial

Army of Paid Consultants Seeks Favorable Media Coverage
13 August 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron is using its deep pockets to hire three public relations firms to strengthen a misinformation campaign to evade a $27.3 billion judgment against the company in Ecuador for creating the worst oil-related contamination on earth in the Amazon rainforest, said spokesmen for dozens of Amazonian communities in the South American nation.     More »

Chevron Withdraws Key Legal Claim Before U.S. Federal Court Over $27B Ecuador Liability

Facing Adverse Ruling, Company Chooses To Avoid Litigation Over Controversial Legal Release
3 August 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron has quietly withdrawn a key legal claim in U.S. federal court against Ecuador's government over a $27.3 billion environmental liability in the Amazon, casting doubt about the company's public statements that it will not pay for a clean-up and raising questions about the effectiveness of its legal strategy, according to court records and lawyers representing indigenous communities in Ecuador.     More »

Trailer for Crude: The Real Price of Oil

Trailer for Crude: The Real Price of Oil

28 July 2009

With the release of the documentary film CRUDE, we have an unprecedented opportunity to massively increase public demand that Chevron/Texaco be held accountable for its devastation of the Ecuadorian Amazon.     More »

Chevron Expects to Fight Ecuador Lawsuit in U.S.

As Largest Environmental Judgment on Record Looms, the Oil Company Reassures Shareholders It Won't Pay
20 July 2009 | Wall Street Journal

Chevron says it has given up the prospect of winning the case because the Ecuadorian court system is heavily influenced by President Rafael Correa, who has publicly sided with the plaintiffs. The company says it plans to appeal the case in Ecuador, but has little hope of prevailing.     More »

Does a Senior Obama Official Have Unseemly Ties to Notorious Human Rights Abuser Chevron?

The story of this slick oil company's romance with the government has recently taken a crude twist.
10 July 2009 | Alternet

"Giving Chevron an award for its fight against malaria is like giving Phillip Morris an award for smoking cessation programs," says Steve Kretzmann, a longtime environmental activist and Executive Director of Oil Change International.     More »

What's in a Name?

Critics are troubled by an award to Chevron named after Richard Holbrooke, a high-ranking Obama official.
7 July 2009 | Newsweek

It's no secret that Chevron finds lots of ways to influence the debate in Washington: they make campaign contributions, they hire high-powered lobbyists and they invest heavily in advertising campaigns to persuade the public (and capital decision makers) that they are good "corporate citizens."     More »

Chevron Fails in Effort to Lift Trade Benefits

2 July 2009 | Inter-Press Service

In the latest in a string of setbacks that could cost the U.S. oil giant Chevron billions of dollars in damages, President Barack Obama decided this week to extend trade preferences for Ecuadorean exports for another six months under the 1991 Andean Trade Preferences Act (ATPA).     More »

Chevron Rebuffed On Ecuador Trade Benefits By Obama Administration

Oil Giant Had Tried to Lobby USTR Over $27 Billion Environmental Liability in Ecuador’s Amazon
1 July 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In a setback over its attempt to avoid a $27 billion environmental liability, Chevron has failed for the third time in as many years to convince the Obama and Bush administrations to cancel bilateral trade benefits for Ecuador in retaliation for letting indigenous groups sue the oil giant in that country’s courts.
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US Senators Seek Chevron/Ecuador Trial Without US Meddling

30 June 2009 | Reuters

Four senators have written to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, criticizing what they understand is a push by Chevron Corp to cut trade benefits for Ecuador, where the oil company faces a $27 billion claim in court.     More »

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Chevron Appeal Over $27 Billion Ecuador Environmental Case

Latest in Series of Legal Setbacks for Oil Giant
29 June 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear an appeal by Chevron of a decision by a U.S. federal trial judge that denied the oil giant's attempt to shift a $27.3 billion liability for environmental contamination in the Amazon rainforest to Ecuador's state-owned oil company.     More »

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.      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.     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.     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.      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.     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.     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.     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.     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.     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.     More »

KQED's Forum Discussion of "The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report"

28 May 2009 | KQED Forum

We talk with Antonia Juhasz, policy analyst, author of "The Tyranny of Oil" and lead author and editor of "The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report" and look at the latest news and geopolitical issues surrounding the company.      More »

Chevron Botching Ecuador Case, Says Influential Report

$27 Billion Liability in Ecuador “Poorly Handled” By Chevron’s Top Management, Analyst Tells Leading Trade Publication
27 May 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY (May 27, 2009) – Platt’s Oilgram News, the leading trade publication for the oil industry, is reporting that “momentum seems to be growing against Chevron” in the long-running environmental case brought by Amazon communities in Ecuador that could lead to a $27 billion judgment later this year.     More »

Uprising Radio Interview on Chevron Shareholder Meeting

26 May 2008 | Uprising Radio

Ahead of its annual shareholder meeting tomorrow, the Chevron Corporation is facing increasing scrutiny for its business practices around the world from California to Ecuador.     More »

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Interview on "The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report"

26 May 2009 | Democracy Now

Just ahead of Chevron's shareholder meeting, a new report tells shareholders more about the hidden and underreported costs of these profits. The alternative annual report brings together stories from communities across the world directly affected by and in struggle against Chevron's operations     More »

Chevron Shareholders Warned That Board of Directors Is Shirking Its Fiduciary Duties On Ecuador

On Eve of Showdown At Annual Meeting, Letter Explains How Management Puts Out False and Misleading Information
Former Sen. Sam Nunn Cited for Failing to Listen to Concerns

25 May 2009 | Amazon Watch

Representatives of indigenous and farming communities from Ecuador’s Amazon will be present at Chevron's Annual General Meeting to bring their 15 year battle for justice to the oil giant's doorstep. They will address CEO David O’Reilly before shareholders. There will be an accompanying protest by a large coalition of human rights and environmental organizations outside the building.     More »

Amazon Watch Letter to Shareholders

25 May 2009 | Amazon Watch

We write to inform you of important facts relating to this liability that Chevron management appears to be hiding from shareholders as part of an 11th-hour campaign to defeat Resolution 10 at the company's annual meeting on May 27, 2009. We also write to correct information that is false, misleading, or incomplete that Chevron has filed with the SEC and sent to shareholders.     More »

Amazonian Leaders from Ecuador Arriving for Showdown with Chevron at Annual General Meeting

With Record Court Judgment Looming, Goldman Prize Winner and Cofán Indigenous Leader to Confront Chevron CEO
22 May 2009 | Amazon Watch

Representatives of indigenous and farming communities from Ecuador’s Amazon will be present at Chevron's Annual General Meeting to bring their 15 year battle for justice to the oil giant's doorstep. They will address CEO David O’Reilly before shareholders. There will be an accompanying protest by a large coalition of human rights and environmental organizations outside the building.     More »

Chevron Management Dealt Major Blow with CalPERS Announcement on Ecuador

California Pension Fund Voting for Resolution Stemming from Chevron’s $27 Billion Ecuador Liability in Rainforest
21 May 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

San Francisco, CA (May 21, 2009) – Chevron is facing a shareholder rebuke at its annual meeting next week over the company's $27 billion Ecuador liability with the announcement that the nation's largest public pension fund in California is defying the recommendation of company management and voting for a resolution on the issue.      More »

Chevron Liability in Ecuador Pollution Case Approaches $27 Billion

Court Judgment Expected this Year
18 May 2009 | Trillium Asset Management

Five years ago, I had the privilege of getting a firsthand look at the evidence in one of the most important lawsuits being heard anywhere in the world. The exhibits are a number of oily pits and ponds scattered throughout the state of Sucumbios, Ecuador, right in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.      More »

In Ecuador, Resentment of an Oil Company Oozes

15 May 2009 | The New York Times

Mention to Anita Ruíz the name of the giant oil company Chevron, and she trembles with rage. At her wooden hut here in the Amazon forest, where oil-project flares illuminate the night sky, she points to a portrait of her youngest son, who died seven years ago of leukemia at age 16.     More »

Chevron Trying to “Greenwash” Polluter Image in Washington Conference on Clean Technology

Oil Company Scrambling after Media Coverage Exposes Environmental Damage Left Behind in Ecuador
14 May 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, D.C. (May 14, 2009) – Chevron today is taking part in a “Green Technology” roundtable in an apparent attempt to deflect some of the harm caused by its increasingly high profile as a corporate polluter in Ecuador, where it faces a potential $27 billion clean-up tab for dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into the Amazon, campaigners who monitor the company said today.     More »

When Chevron Hires Ex-Reporter to Investigate Pollution, Chevron Looks Good

10 May 2009 | The New York Times

What did Chevron do when it learned that "60 Minutes" was preparing a potentially damaging report about oil company contamination of the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador? It hired a former journalist to produce a mirror image of the report, from the corporation's point of view.     More »

Chevron Lying About Toxins In Mr. Salinas’ Water Well, Evidence Shows

Elderly Man In Ecuador's Rainforest Becomes Target of Global Internet Attacks Fostered by Oil Giant
08 May 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Lago Agrio, Ecuador (May 8, 2009) – Yes, the scientific evidence at trial in Ecuador proves that the freshwater well at the house of Manuel Salinas in Ecuador’s Amazon – featured on 60 Minutes on Sunday – is contaminated with toxic carcinogens. Sorry, Chevron, but Mr. Salinas knows more than you do about his own well.      More »

Chevron’s Misrepresentations to Shareholders over Ecuador Liability Have Been Obvious for Months

Company “Clearly Hiding” Risk Factors from Investors and Financial Markets, Representatives Say
06 May 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

LAGO AGRIO, Ecuador (BUSINESS WIRE)--Behind the letter sent by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to Chevron over its potential $27 billion environmental liability in Ecuador is a growing concern in the investor community that the company is providing misleading information about its financial risk to regulatory authorities and investors, said an Amazon Defense Coalition official.     More »

Chevron Lawyer Stumbles in 60 Minutes Interview over Ecuador Oil Contamination

Sylvia Garrigo Compares Makeup on Her Face to Heavily Contaminated Toxic Waste Pits; "Public Relations Disaster " for Chevron
4 May 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Chevron shocked the public relations and legal worlds Sunday by allowing a relatively unknown in-house lawyer to stumble through an interview trying to defend the company on 60 Minutes.     More »

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 »

Amazon Crude on 60 Minutes

Amazon Crude on 60 Minutes

3 May 2009 | CBS

New York (May 3, 2009) -- This important documentary is entitled Amazon Crude and focuses on on the class action lawsuit against Chevron for deliberately contaminating the Ecuadorian Amazon and causing a wave of cancer and miscarriages in the region.     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 »

Rain Forest Residents, Texaco Face Off In Ecuador

30 April 2009 | National Public Radio

Morning Edition, April 30, 2009 · A judge is preparing to render a decision in a long-running, multibillion-dollar lawsuit filed by residents of Ecuador's Amazonian rain forest against Texaco for fouling their land.     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 »

In Ecuador, High Stakes in Case Against Chevron

28 April 2009 | The Washington Post

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.     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 »

Chevron Spokesman James Craig Blasted by Rainforest Leaders for Meddling In Historic Environmental Trial

Complaints to Be Filed In Ecuador and United States
9 March 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Amazonian leaders today blasted James Craig, an American public relations official with Chevron affiliated with the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, for undermining a long-running environmental trial in Ecuador where the oil giant faces a $27 billion liability for dumping toxic waste into the rainforest.     More »

Questions Raised About Chevron's Political Position in Washington After $27 Billion Ecuador Disaster

Negative Publicity Casts Shadow over Oil Giant As It Tries To Explain Liability to Congress and Journalists
5 February 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron's lobbying team is spreading inaccurate information in Congress to combat negative publicity about a $27 billion environmental liability in Ecuador.     More »

New Evidence Shows Chevron Manipulated Lab Results in Landmark Environmental Trial

Chevron Faces $27 Billion Liability for Toxic Catastrophe in Ecuador's Amazon Rainforest
4 February 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Scientists in the $27 billion class action lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador's Amazon have discovered that the company manipulated laboratory results to evade a judgment at trial.     More »

Chevron Makes Multinational Monitor Magazine's Top Ten List of World's Worst Corporations

Toxic Dumping, Burma Pipeline, and Drug Bribery Scandal Make Chevron Stand Out for All the Wrong Reasons
26 November 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, DC – Chevron has been named one of the top ten worst corporations in the world for its refusal to take responsibility for dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into the Amazon and its close relationship to the brutal Burmese military regime, among other human rights and corporate governance problems.     More »

Chevron Hires Global Warming Denier as Consultant

Oil Giant Charged With Hypocrisy for Ad Campaign Touting "Green" Image While Humanitarian Crisis Festers In Amazon
24 November 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron has hired a "scientist" affiliated with a think tank dedicated to denying the threat of global warming while it spends tens of millions of dollars on a national advertising campaign to promote a "green" image.     More »

Chevron Whitewashes Its Website of Burma

Charges of Rape and Murder Prompt Disappearance of Entire Country from Corporate Website
29 October 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

San Francisco, CA – Chevron has quietly removed from its website any reference to its operations in Burma, a country where the oil giant has been implicated in allegations of rape and murder connected to a lucrative pipeline project that generates up to $1 billion annually for the country's brutal military regime.     More »

Texaco Ordered Destruction of Oil Spill Documents

Internal Company Memo Raises More Questions About Texaco's Operations in Amazon Rainforest
15 October 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador – Texaco, now owned by Chevron, ordered its employees to destroy reports documenting oil spills in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador where the company is now the subject of a $16.3 billion potential liability in a civil lawsuit.     More »

Chevron, Ecuador In Costly Environmental Dispute

Texaco is accused of failing to clean up billions of gallons of toxic waste in Ecuador.
18 September 2008 | Tell Me More, NPR

Oil giant Texaco, now owned by Chevron, is involved in an epic environmental lawsuit brought on behalf of the indigenous people of Ecuador's rain forest. Attorney Stephen Donziger, who works with the plaintiffs legal team, and Chevron spokesperson Kent Robertson discuss the case on NPR.     More »

Chevron Caught Up in Oil Agency Scandal

12 September 2008 | San Francisco Chronicle

A government scandal mixing alleged drug use, cronyism and sex at a federal office that handles billions of dollars in oil-drilling royalties has ensnared Chevron Corp.     More »

Chevron's Comment Dismissing Ecuador as "Little Country" Causing Concern in Latin America

14 August 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

With pressure mounting from a major environmental lawsuit in Ecuador, Chevron rebuked one of its Washington lobbyists who suggested the U.S. shouldn't let "little countries" like Ecuador "screw around" with big companies by letting lawsuits proceed against them in foreign courts.     More »

Oil and Justice in the Amazon

6 August 2008 | On Point - WBUR, NPR

In a town called Lago Agrio, "sour lake," deep in the oil-rich rain forest of Ecuador, what could be the biggest environmental lawsuit in history is being fought.     More »

Chevron Risks Lives and Its Reputation in Ecuador

23 April 2008 | San Francisco Chronicle

Chevron's PR offensive against two of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize winners shows the degree to which senior management at the San Ramon-based oil major has lost its way.     More »

Chevron Takes on the Plaintiffs

A pair of Ecuadorean activists go up against the corporation over a toxic pollution clean-up.
16 April 2008 | Los Angeles Times

Squaring off beneath the cream-and-gilt ceilings and behind mahogany doors were oil behemoth Chevron Corp. and a pair of Ecuadorean environmental activists. It was not, however, a fair fight. Oil giant vs. environmentalists? In San Francisco? Chevron never had a chance.     More »

Chevron's Inhumane Energy

Chevron's Inhumane Energy

14 April 2008

Chevron dumped over 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Now it is trying to hide the disaster launching public relations campaigns about "human energy" and social responsibility.     More »

La Energía Inhumana de Chevron

La Energía Inhumana de Chevron

14 April 2008

Entre 1972 y 1992, los derrames de petróleo y las emisiones de desechos tóxicos, equivalentes a treinta veces el tamaño del desastre del derrame del Exxon Valdez contaminaron el suelo y las fuentes de agua de la Amazonía Ecuatoriana, uno de los lugares más frágiles en la tierra.     More »

Environmental Award Draws Chevron's Ire

14 April 2008 | Reuters

Chevron Corp on Monday criticized the award of a prestigious environmental prize to two leaders of a prolonged legal challenge that claims the oil company polluted the Amazon.      More »

Chevron, Enviros Clash Over Goldman Award

13 April 2008 | KTVU News

An attorney representing thousands of Amazonian forest-dwellers in a class-action lawsuit against Chevron told KTVU Monday that the oil giant is engaging in a “misinformation campaign” in response to two Ecuadorian activists winning the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.      More »

Chevron Pays $30 Million to Settle Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Charges in Oil for Food Case

14 February 2008 | K&L Gates

On November 14, 2007, the SEC filed a settled Foreign Corrupt Practices Act civil complaint against Chevron arising from its role in making $20 million in improper kickbacks paid in connection with the U.N.-administered Oil for Food Program during Saddam Hussein’s reign.     More »

Sanctioned American Lawyer Has No Connection to $10 Billion Class-Action Against Chevron In Ecuador

Chevron Criticized for Using Court Decision to Hide Environmental Liability in Rainforest
19 October 2007 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Representatives of indigenous groups and Amazon rainforest communities suing Chevron for massive oil contamination in Ecuador announced today that an American attorney sanctioned this week by a U.S. court for filing bogus claims has no connection to their own class action lawsuit that is nearing a decision in the coming months.     More »

Demandantes Contra Texaco Restan Importancia al Pedido de Nulidad de Juicio

Home » » » Press Releases Press Release October 8th, 2007 Contact: Luis Yanza: 593-9-397-7809 Lupita De Heredia: 593-9-970-7369 Demandantes Contra Texaco Restan Importancia al Pedido de Nulidad de Juicio No existen fundamentos jurídicos y es un intento de vitimización de la transnacional
8 October 2008 | Frente de Defensa de la Amazonia

La Asamblea de Afectados por Texaco y el Frente de Defensa de la Amazonía, indicaron que el intento de la petrolera para que se desestime el juicio implantado en su contra, no responde a fundamentos jurídicos sino a una estrategia repetitiva de evitar que el proceso concluya.     More »

Ralph Marquez, a Bush Insider, Built Career Using Junk Science to Protect Corporate Polluters

30 August 2007 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador - With much fanfare, Chevron recently announced the appointment of an "independent" expert to monitor a trial in Ecuador where the company faces a potential $10 billion-plus liability for dumping toxic waste into the Amazon rainforest.

As has become standard with Chevron in this high-profile trial, there is much more to the story than meets the eye.

What Chevron doesn't say is that its new "ex

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Chevron's Ads Attacking Ecuadorian Judges and Courts

29 July 2007

Newspaper advertisements paid for by Chevron to attack Ecuadorian judges, court experts, and the court system.     More »

Chevron Launches "Dirty War" On Ecuador Court

Smear Campaign Could Ease Path to Multi-Billion Dollar Judgment For Rainforest Residents In Landmark Case
4 July 2007 | Amazon Watch

Chevron's suggestion this week that it might withdraw from a landmark $6 billion rainforest pollution trial in Ecuador on the eve of a final judgment represents a "desperate move" that could backfire against the oil giant, representatives for the plaintiffs said today.     More »

Ecuador President Rails Against Chevron for Alleged Environmental Damage

26 April 2007 | Associated Press

Leftist President Rafael Correa railed against U.S. oil giant Chevron Corp. on Thursday for allegedly dumping billions of gallons (liters) of toxic wastewater in Ecuador's Amazon jungle.     More »

How Green is Chevron?

25 April 2007 | San Francisco Chronicle

Chevron shareholders meet today in San Ramon for the first time since the Democrats' takeover of Congress and the subsequent effort to recast the West's largest refiner as an environmentalist.     More »

Myths and Facts About the Ecuador Disaster

Analyzing Chevron's Misleading Claims
20 November 2006

Document debunking 13 of Chevron's lies and distortions about its liability in Ecuador for the world’s worst oil-related environmental disaster.     More »

Chevron Hires "Hit Man" Anthropologist To Rewrite Indigenous History In Amazon

Shoddy Scholarship Infects Report Submitted To Court To Hide Possible Genocide Committed By Chevron Against Cofan
24 April 2006 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron's "hired gun" anthropologist, Dr. Eduardo Bedoya, has attempted to rewrite the indigenous history of the Cofan without interviewing a single member of the Cofan people, who are struggling to survive due to Chevron's extensive oil contamination in Ecuador's Amazon region.     More »

Chevron's "Attack and Distract" Campaign Hits New Low

Cornered By Evidence of Catastrophe, Company Attacks Lawyers And Experts For Affected Communities
14 April 2006 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Cornered by growing corporate governance problems and evidence that it is guilty of a massive oil contamination of the Amazon rainforest, lawyers for Chevron have invented a new round of bogus allegations as part of its ongoing "attack and distract" campaign designed to divert attention from the scientific results in a historic multi-billion dollar environmental trial.     More »

Chevron's Sampling Deliberately Underestimates Contamination, Report Warns

13 April 2006 | Amazon Defense Coalition

An expert report submitted to the Ecuadorian court in Chevron's landmark environmental trial alleges that the oil major's sampling and analysis methods are deliberately designed to avoid contamination.     More »

Report on Chevron's Deceptive Sampling Techniques

8 March 2006

This 2006 report analyzes the soil sampling and analysis techniques used by Chevron's experts at sites under inspection in Ecuador. It concludes that Chevron used methods that were calculated in several ways to minimize or hide evidence of contamination.     More »

Chevron Slammed in New Court Report for Leaving Toxins in Rainforest

After Fraud Complaint to SEC, Chevron Tries to "Spin" Shareholders with Misleading Press Bulletin
5 February 2006 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron has issued a press release misrepresenting the results of a court report in a historic trial that found life-threatening levels of toxic contamination at one of the company's well sites, say technical advisors to the Amazon Defense Coalition, the group representing 30,000 people suing the oil giant.     More »

Rain Forest Jekyll and Hyde?

20 October 2005 | New York Times

On Oct. 28, during a gala ceremony at its headquarters in San Ramon, Calif., the company, which until May was known as ChevronTexaco, will honor the latest recipients of the annual Chevron Conservation Awards. Meanwhile, Chevron's lawyers are in Ecuador defending the company against charges that it contributed to one of the worst environmental disasters on the planet.     More »

Chevron Lawyers Fail to Show for Ecuador Court Date with Indians

In Secret Police Report, Chevron Claimed To Judge That Indians Whose Land The Company Contaminated Want To Kidnap Them
19 October 2005 | Amazon Watch

n last-minute maneuvering yesterday that had the apparent odor of corruption, Chevron lawyers managed to convince the Ecuador judge presiding over the environmental "trial of the century" to cancel a long-planned judicial site visit to the territory of a near-extinct indigenous tribe where several tribe members planned to testify against the company.     More »

Scientists Denounce Tactics of Texaco and Its Academic Consultants in Ecuadorean Oil Dispute

6 April 2005 | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Fifty scientists have sent a letter to a journal of environmental and occupational health to decry the behavior of other researchers who have acted as consultants to ChevronTexaco in a dispute over oil drilling in Ecuador.     More »

ChevronTexaco Resorts to Blackmail in Attempting to Win Historical Lawsuit in the Amazon

17 March 2005 | Amazon Watch

With this letter, ChevronTexaco requested that President Bush not re-certify Ecuador's most favored nation status this year.     More »

Chevron's We Agree Campaign Exposed

Amazon Watch exposed Chevron's attempt to "greenwash" its image, and we are putting the spotlight back on the company's practices and un-met responsibilities in the Ecuadorian Amazon.     More »