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Support justice for the rainforest communities of Ecuador!
Over three decades of oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Texaco (now Chevron) dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into the rainforest, creating an environmental tragedy experts call "the Amazon Chernobyl." This systematic contamination has left tens of thousands of local indigenous people and campesinos suffering an epidemic of cancer, miscarriages, birth defects and other ailments. The residents of the rainforest region, known as the Oriente, have filed a monumental lawsuit to hold Chevron accountable, and an international solidarity campaign is supporting their demand for justice.
In February 2011, after 18 years in court, a judge in Ecuador ordered Chevron to pay $8.6 billion to clean up contamination in the Amazon. But Chevron has appealed and sought to block enforcement in the U.S., and vows it will never pay any judgment. Help us pressure Chevron to do the right thing in Ecuador. For a good, informative background on the issue, watch this 60 Minutes investigation called "Amazon Crude." Then, join me by sending a message to the Chevron Board of Directors, urging them to do the right thing in the Ecuadorian Amazon by funding a full-scale environmental clean up.
The Clean Up Ecuador Campaign at Amazon Watch is working hard to secure justice for the rainforest communities of Ecuador. Check out ChevronToxico.com to learn more about how you can help.