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Ecuador Bishop Criticizes Chevron for Its Role in World's Largest Oil-Related Catastrophe

Seeks Assistance of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops As Humanitarian Crisis Worsens
20 October 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Lago Agrio, Ecuador – In another blow to Chevron's image, a prominent Bishop who lives in the area of Ecuador where Chevron is embroiled in a multi-billion environmental lawsuit, has strongly criticized the oil giant for harming local residents with toxic contamination, it was learned today.     More »

Chevron Should Pay for Its Pollution in Ecuador

1 October 2010 | The Wall Street Journal

Scientific evidence from experts demonstrates that Chevron has been contaminating an area in Ecuador the size of Rhode Island and taking advantage of indigenous groups for decades. Now Chevron is trying to sabotage a seven-year trial to evade accountability.     More »

Letter from Atossa Soltani to New Chevron CEO, John Watson

You Have an Opportunity to Resolve Human Tragedy in Ecuador
17 December 2009

On January 1st, John Watson will become the new Chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation. Within the first few months of his tenure, a judgment is expected on a monumental environmental lawsuit for cleanup of oil contamination affecting tens of thousands of people living in an Amazon rainforest region of Ecuador.     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 »

Chevron Fears CRUDE’s Box Office Succes

Chevron’s Board of Directors Urged to Investigate Management’s Role in the Attempted Bribery Scheme
September 15 2009 | Amazon Watch

CRUDE, the new documentary about the $27 billion lawsuit against Chevron opened in New York last week with the highest grossing film per-screen in the US. The film’s success and high profile has provoked increasingly desperate tactics from Chevron, including the release of a purported bribery scandal video in an attempt to confuse the public and delay the legal proceedings in the 16-year trial.     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 »

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 »

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 »

U.S. Congressman Finds "Humanitarian Crisis" In Ecuador's Amazon Rainforest

Over 30,000 Ecuadorians Drink From Contaminated Water Sources
20 November 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, who chairs the House Human Rights Caucus, has released a letter written to President-Elect Barack Obama that describes a "terrible humanitarian and environmental crisis" in Ecuador's Amazon where Texaco operated a large oil concession from 1964 to 1990.     More »

Chevron Accused of Misleading Investors over $16 Billion Litigation Risk on Eve of Earnings Report

Lawsuit’s Plaintiffs Claim Oil Giant Avoiding Full Disclosure
1 August 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In advance of Chevron's quarterly earnings report, representatives of Amazon indigenous leaders are warning oil industry analysts and the public markets that Chevron’s management is downplaying the company’s $16 billion litigation risk in a historic environmental case in Ecuador.     More »

Letter from the President of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions

28 May 2008 | U.S. Labor Against the War

We call upon the governments, corporations and other institutions behind the ongoing occupation of Iraq to respond to our demands for real democracy, true sovereignty and self-determination, free of all foreign interference.      More »

Sample Letter Supporting Chevron Boycott

This is a sample letter you can send to your city council urging it to boycott Chevron products in protest of the company's atrocious human rights and environmental record on four different continents, including its continued denial of responsibility for a public health crisis in Ecuador.     More »

Chevron Is to Blame for Ecuador's Oil Pollution

Letters to the editor
26 April 2008 | The Wall Street Journal

Letters to the editor by Steven Donziger, Luis Gallegos and Atossa Soltani .     More »

Rebuttal to Chevron's Deceptive Op-Ed

In Letter To O'Reilly Activists Correct Chevron's Distorted Claims About Ecuador Trial
16 April 2008

In April 2008, shortly after Pablo Fajardo and Luis Yanza, leaders of the plaintiffs' legal effort in Ecuador, were awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, Chevron retaliated with an opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle. That piece slanders plaintiffs as con artists and misleads about Chevron's liability. This letter from Fajardo and Yanza sets the record straight.     More »

Amazon Watch Blasts Consultant Sam Singer For Designing Chevron Attack On Goldman Prize Winners

Says Singer Helping Oil Giant Hide $16 Billion Liability from Shareholders
16 April 2008 | Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch today blasted San Francisco consultant Sam Singer for letting himself be used by Chevron to wage a personal and unsubstantiated attack on two renowned Ecuadorian environmental activists who were in town to receive the prestigious Goldman Prize this week.     More »

Plaintiffs' Lawyer Asks California Governor to Urge Chevron to Clean Up its Rainforest Mess

Schwarzenegger Invited to Ecuador to Meet Devastated Communities, See Contaminated Land and Water
19 April 2007 | Amazon Watch

ablo Fajardo, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs in the landmark environmental lawsuit against Chevron (formerly Texaco) in Ecuador, has asked California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to urge the oil major to clean up the 18 billion gallons of toxic waste it dumped into the Amazon.     More »

Pablo Fajardo Letter to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

17 April 2007 | Frente de Defensa de la Amazonia

Letter from Pablo Fajardo, the lead lawyer representing the plaintiffs against Chevron in Ecuador, to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. California is Chevron's home state, and Fajardo wrote to invite the governor to witness the damage in Ecuador, and to take a stand against the company for its reckless behavior.     More »

Amazon Watch Letter to Chevron CEO Regarding Apparent Intimidation of Ecuador Plaintiffs

31 October 2006 | Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch sent this letter to Chevron CEO David O'Reilly, urging the company to clearly disassociate itself from attempts to intimidate and harm members of the plaintiffs' legal team in Ecuador, and to launch an investigation of those actions.     More »

Amazon Watch Letter to Chevron CEO Regarding Apparent Intimidation of Ecuador Plaintiffs

31 October 2006

Amazon Watch sent this letter to Chevron CEO David O'Reilly, urging the company to clearly disassociate itself from attempts to intimidate and harm members of the plaintiffs' legal team in Ecuador, and to launch an investigation of those actions.     More »

Chevron Employees Urged to Stand Up to Management over $6 Billion Ecuador Disaster

Direct Appeal Made By Amazon Watch To Save Indigenous Lives In Rainforest
29 September 2006 | Amazon Watch

A leading environmental group today urged thousands of Chevron employees to challenge company management over the oil company's continued refusal to clean up billions of gallons of toxic waste dumped into Ecuador's rainforest over a 28-year period.     More »

Open Letter to Chevron Employees

29 September 2006

This 2006 letter warns Chevron employees that their company has not told them the full truth about its responsibility in Ecuador, and urges them to help Chevron do the right thing and become an industry leader by funding a full remediation in Ecuador.     More »

2006 Amazon Defense Coalition Letter on Chevron's Efforts to Delay Ecuador Trial

25 August 2006

This statement by the Amazon Defense Coalition defends plaintiffs' legal team's decision to withdraw their request for 64 inspections they had initially requested. This decision, taken in order to expedite the trial, is consistent with Ecuadorian law and legal principles accepted worldwide. The plaintiffs need only present as much evidence as they feel is needed to conclusively prove their case.     More »

Plaintiffs' Letter to US Trade Representative

3 March 2006

Letter from plaintiffs' legal team to Ambassador Rob Portman, written in 2006, about Chevron's efforts to undermine the judicial process in Ecuador through political maneuvering. Chevron has urged the U.S. to make trade preferences for Ecuador contingent on its dismissal of the lawsuit against Chevron, preventing 30,000 Ecuadorian citizens from having their day in court.     More »

2006 Letter to SEC on Chevron Misinformation Campaign

28 February 2006 | Amazon Watch

This letter from Amazon Watch, a follow-up to a letter to the SEC about Chevron's failure to disclose its potential Ecuador liability to shareholders, warns the SEC of a misleading public relations campaign by Chevron intended to keep investors and the public in the dark. In the PR blitz in question, Chevron painted a very inaccurate picture of the results from the judicial inspection at the Sacha-53 well site, in order to downplay the significance of the evidence against the company.     More »

Plaintiffs' Lawyers' Letter to International Commission of Jurists

23 February 2006 | Frente de Defensa de la Amazonia

Letter from plaintiffs' lawyers in 2006 requesting neutral trial observers to ensure that the judicial inspections could proceed properly and that the Chevron trial would be held to high standards of fairness and transparency. The letter was written in response to a pattern of threats and intimidation of members of the plaintiffs' legal team, as well as apparent efforts by Chevron's military associates to cancel or postpone judicial inspections that might reflect badly on Chevron.     More »

Two Senators Urge USTR Not to Intervene in Suit

7 February 2006 | Roll Call

Two Democratic Senators have sent U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman a letter urging the trade negotiator's office not to intervene in a lawsuit filed against Chevron in Ecuador.     More »

Senators' Letter to US Trade Representative

2 February 2006

Letter from Senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to Ambassador Rob Portman, written in 2006, about Chevron's efforts to undermine the judicial process in Ecuador through political maneuvering. Chevron has urged the U.S. to make trade preferences for Ecuador contingent on its dismissal of the lawsuit against Chevron, preventing 30,000 Ecuadorian citizens from having their day in court.     More »

2006 Letter to SEC Chairman

30 January 2006 | Amazon Watch

This letter from Amazon Watch asks the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to investigate Chevron for failing to disclose its potential enormous liability in Ecuador to its shareholders. For years, Chevron made no mention of the Ecuador litigation in its annual SEC filings, despite regulations that require companies to report such liabilities.     More »

United Nations Demands Ecuador Protect Leaders of Lawsuit Against Chevron

Human Rights Official Calls for Rule of Law and Details of Police Probe
8 December 2005 | Amazon Watch

The United Nations has called on the Ecuadorian government to guarantee the safety of lawyers and leaders of a landmark environmental lawsuit against Chevron, following a series of threats and acts of harassment in recent weeks.     More »

Chevron Lobbying Interferes with Ecuador Lawsuit, Warn Rainforest Leaders

30 November 2005 | Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch is calling on Representative Bill Thomas (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, to respond to a letter from Ecuadorian rainforest leaders urging Congress to resist Chevron's lobbying to kill a $6 billion environmental lawsuit.     More »

Plaintiffs Blast Chevron Lobbying

28 November 2005 | Roll Call

A group of plaintiffs who are suing Chevron Corp. in an Ecuadorean court have taken their cause to Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.).     More »

Amazon Defense Coalition Letter to Members of U.S. Congress

22 November 2005

This letter to the members of the House Ways & Means Committee and other members of the House of Representatives expresses concern over Chevron's improper lobbying efforts with regard to the Andean Free Trade Agreement, and urges the House to reject Chevron's attempt to force Ecuador's hand through U.S. pressure.     More »

UN Human Rights Officials Demand Ecuador Protect Plaintiffs in Chevron Lawsuit

17 November 2005

This 2005 letter from human rights officials at the UN to Ecuador's Minister of Foreign Relations expressed concern over a pattern of harassment and serious threats directed at plaintiffs' legal team in the case against Chevron. The letter uged Ecuador's government to take necessary steps to protect the human rights of the targets of this campaign of intimidation.     More »

Chevron Winners Urged to Return Conservation Cash

Don't Let Chevron Dodge Rainforest Abuses, Warns Amazon Watch
3 November 2005 | Amazon Watch

Chevron's Ecuador problem came back to haunt it again today as the six recipients of the company's "conservation" awards received a letter from an environmental group asking them to return their cash prizes to the oil giant.     More »

Chevron Fails to Live Up to Corporate Responsibility Rhetoric

Amazon Watch Letter to Chevron CEO
28 October 2005 | Amazon Watch

This 2005 letter to Chevron CEO David O'Reilly urges him to commit his company to a full clean-up of its toxic legacy in Ecuador, thus living up to Chevron's high-minded rhetoric about corporate responsibility and concern for the environment.     More »

Chevron’s Massive Liability

Amazon Watch Letter to Chevron Lawyer
25 October 2005 | Amazon Watch

This 2005 letter to Chevron Vice President and General Counsel Edward B. Scott criticizes the company's position on the court case in Ecuador for denying overwhelming evidence of Chevron's liability as well as ignoring many of the key issues at stake.     More »

Letter From Ecuador

1 August 2005 | The Nation

When Renee Arevalo purchased a small plot of land just off the main road to Shushufindi several years ago, it seemed like a great opportunity. A rectangular block of freshly plowed dirt off the well-traveled route toward one of Ecuador's oldest oilfields, the sizable lot looked like the perfect spot to build a small house for his family that would double as a tire repair shop. But then the rains came.     More »

2005 Amazon Watch Letter to Chevron CEO

Regarding Conflicts of Interest and Misinformation in Ecuador Case
26 April 2005

Amazon Watch sent this letter to Chevron CEO David O'Reilly urging him to address Chevron's irresponsible handling of the case in Ecuador. Signs of this irresponsibility include a pattern of false and misleading statements by company representatives, and a major conflict of interest involving Chevron lawyer and vice president Ricardo Reis Veiga.     More »

Amazon Watch Letter to Chevron CEO Regarding Conflicts of Interest and Misinformation in Ecuador Case

26 April 2005 | Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch sent this letter to Chevron CEO David O'Reilly urging him to address Chevron's irresponsible handling of the case in Ecuador. Signs of this irresponsibility include a pattern of false and misleading statements by company representatives, and a major conflict of interest involving Chevron lawyer and vice president Ricardo Reis Veiga.     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 »