News and Multimedia from 2005

Oil and Cancer in Ecuador

Ecuadoran Villagers Believe High Rates of Cancer Are Tied to Petroleum Pollution, A Contention that Chevron Disputes
11 December 2005 | San Francisco Chronicle

The story goes back to 1967, when Texaco, a U.S. oil company that now is part of Chevron, discovered oil in northeastern Ecuador. Between 1971 and 1992 Texaco, in partnership with state-owned PetroEcuador, extracted more than 1.5 billion barrels of oil from this area.     Read 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.     Read more...

UN Demands Harassment Explanation from Ecuador

Defense Minister Cancels Appearance before Legislators
7 December 2005 | Amazon Defense Coalition

The United Nations Secretary General's Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders has sent a letter to Ecuador's Ministry of Foreign Affairs requesting details of the investigation into the death threats and kidnap attempts against lawyers and leaders of a landmark environmental lawsuit against Chevron.     Read more...

Chevron Shareholders Increase Pressure Over Oil Contamination In Ecuador Rainforest

Three Resolutions Filed For 2006 Shareholder Meeting Highlighting Chevron's "Rainforest Chernobyl"
5 December 2005 | Amazon Watch

Chevron's Ecuador environmental disaster, considered by experts to be the worst oil-related ecological problem on the planet and currently the subject of a high-stakes law suit estimated to cost the company upwards of $6 billion, will be high on the agenda of the company's 2006 annual shareholder meeting with the filing of three new resolutions asking Chevron's management to take various steps to protect human rights, the environment and shareholder interests.     Read 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.     Read more...

Chevron Shareholders Submit Resolution Addressing Ecuadorian Contamination Controversy

30 November 2005 | Trillium Asset Management & Amnesty International

For the third year in a row, Chevron Corporation shareholders have submitted a resolution on Texaco's toxic legacy in Ecuador. This year, the resolution calls on the company to report the total costs relating in any way to the health and environmental consequences of hydrocarbon exposures and Chevron's remediation of Texaco drilling sites in Ecuador.     Read 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.).     Read 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.     Read more...

Rainforest Indians Gain Key Support After Threats and Robbery

Eleven Human Rights Groups Call On Ecuador President Alfredo Palacio To Protect Integrity of Case
Chevron CEO O’Reilly Still Silent

21 November 2005 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Eleven prominent Ecuadorian human rights organizations are calling on Ecuador President Alfredo Palacio to defend the integrity of the historic environmental lawsuit against Chevron in that country's rainforest after a series of threats and an attempted kidnapping of the 9-year-old daughter of one of the leaders of affected communities.     Read more...

Head of Texaco in Ecuador Avoids Public Debate about Famous Legal Case

Rodrigo Pérez Pallares Behaves Like an Ostrich
18 November 2005 | Amazon Defense Coalition

The head of the transnational, Texaco, in Ecuador, continues avoiding public debates about the historic Texaco case. This week, at Quito's University of San Francisco, Rodrigo Pérez Pallares, who had been invited to come and talk by a group of students, cancelled his presentation at the last minute, offering a strange explanation.     Read more...