News and Multimedia from 2003

Fighting Goliath

Ecuadoreans Seek Billions from ChevronTexaco in a Widely Watched Environmental Justice Case
12 December 2003 | San Francisco Bay Guardian

In an environmental justice lawsuit with major international implications, ChevronTexaco is battling plaintiffs representing 30,000 residents of northeastern Ecuador who claim they were harmed by the toxic mess the San Ramon-based oil giant left in their communities.     Read more...

ChevronTexaco on Trial in Ecuador

ChevronTexaco on Trial in Ecuador

December 2003

This film presents an overview of the campaign to hold Chevron responsable for its activities. While drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon from 1964 to 1990, Texaco – which merged with Chevron in 2001 – deliberately dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater, spilled roughly 17 million gallons of crude oil, and left hazardous waste in hundreds of open pits dug out of the forest floor.     Read more...

Damage Estimate in Ecuador Lawsuit Mounts to $6 Billion

A new study says the environmental cost of Texaco's oil drilling is higher than thought.
30 October 2003 | Los Angeles Times

Lawyers for about 30,000 Ecuadoreans suing ChevronTexaco Corp. unveiled a new report Wednesday that dramatically upped the total bill for alleged environmental damage as a result of drilling operations to more than $6 billion.     Read more...

Chevron Would Face $5 Billion Tab For Amazon Cleanup, Expert Says

30 October 2003 | Wall Street Journal

Cleaning up toxic wastes in the Ecuadorean Amazon region could cost ChevronTexaco Corp. more than $5 billion and take as long as 10 years, according to a U.S. expert advising the plaintiffs in a lawsuit being tried in this ramshackle, frontier oil town.     Read more...

Testimony Ends in Oil Giant's Ecuador Trial

30 October 2003 | Sacramento Bee

The final stretch of this weeklong trial included testimony from a former minister of Ecuador's Ministry of Mines and Energy - the government division responsible for oil drilling - who caught the weary court audience's attention when he said a Texaco subsidiary knowingly used primitive waste disposal techniques in the 1970s and '80s.     Read more...

Scientist Recommends Petroecuador Face Pollution Trial

29 October 2003 | Associated Press

A Spanish scientist working with plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing Texaco of polluting part of Ecuador's Amazon jungle said Wednesday that the company's former partner - state-owned Petroecuador - should also face trial.     Read more...

Oil Major Forced to Answer Amazon Charge of Damaging the Environment

29 October 2003 | Financial Times

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

Showdown in the Ecuadoran Jungle

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

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

Ecuadorans Put Chevron on Trial

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

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

Bianca Jagger Promotes Lawsuit Against ChevronTexaco in Ecuador

10 October 2003 | Associated Press

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