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News and Multimedia from 2008

Texaco Toxic Past Haunts Chevron as Judgment Looms

30 December 2008 | Bloomberg

Bolivar Cevallos walks around the farm where his family once lived amid the oil fields of Ecuador's Amazon rain forest. His boots sink ankle deep in tar.     Read more...

Chevron Denied Again by Federal Appeals Court Over Ecuador Rainforest Contamination

Second Setback in Weeks Over $27 Billion Liability
22 December 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York has denied for a second time in a matter of weeks an attempt by Chevron to evade a multi-billion dollar liability in a legal case over environmental contamination in the Amazon rainforest.     Read more...

Amazon Pollution Case Could Cost Chevron Billions

20 December 2008 | Associated Press

When the sun beats particularly hot on this land in the middle of the jungle, the roads sweat petroleum. A Rhode Island-sized expanse of what was once pristine Amazon rainforest is crisscrossed with oil wells and pipeline grids built by Texaco Inc. a generation ago.     Read more...

State Department Should Investigate Environmental Abuses in Ecuador by Chevron, Say Congressmen Howard Berman and Jim McGovern

Congressmen Describe Human Rights Report As "Laughably Short" of Facts on Oil Pollution in Amazon Rainforest
19 December 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, DC – The Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee and the Co-Chair of the House Human Rights Commission have called for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to investigate why the State Department's annual human rights report includes "countless" examples of abuses across the world but fails to mention the "detrimental impact" of environmental destruction in the Ecuadorian rainforest from the oil operations of Texaco, now owned by Chevron.     Read more...

Shareholders, Wall Street Concerned Over Chevron's $27 Billion Environmental Liability in Ecuador

8 December 2008 | Amazon Watch

Concern among Wall Street analysts and shareholders that the oil giant has failed to set aside sufficient reserves and has not fully disclosed its risk for what could be one of the largest civil judgments in history     Read more...

Chevron's $27 Billion Liability in Ecuador's Amazon Confirmed by Team of Independent Scientists

Hundreds of Cancer Deaths Due to Ecological Devastation
1 December 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

An increase in Chevron's potential environmental liability in Ecuador's Amazon to $27 billion is "reasonable" given new scientific data about groundwater contamination and hundreds of additional cancer deaths due to oil contamination.     Read 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.     Read 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.     Read 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.     Read more...

Clean Up Ecuador Campaign Wins the Top BENNY Award for 2008

November 19 2008 | Corporate Watchdog Radio

The Top BENNY Award for 2008 went to the Clean Up Ecuador campaign for bringing Chevron to justice for decades of pollution in the Amazon.     Read more...

Ecuador Keeps Up Oil Cleanup Fight Against Chevron

17 November 2008 | Los Angeles Times

On one side are 30,000 mostly peasant farmers who say they are living a health and ecological nightmare caused by careless oil drilling and production methods. On the other side is defendant Chevron, which produced oil here from 1972 to 1990, and which the lawsuit claims polluted a vast swath of the Amazon.      Read 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.     Read more...

High-Stakes Trial in San Francisco Focuses Attention on Chevron's Growing Human Rights Problems Around Globe

Oil Giant Seems Increasingly Out of Step with Industry Rivals with Accusations It Helped Orchestrate Deaths of Nigerian Villagers
Hiring of Bush Administration "Torture Lawyer" Latest Controversy

27 October 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron is embarking today on a high stakes defense in U.S. federal court against charges that it helped orchestrate the killing of two Nigerian villagers at a time when its corporate legal department is under mounting pressure for disregarding human rights issues.     Read more...

Chevron Asked To Disclose Relationship to Pat Murphy

Environmental Group Asserts Oil Giant Paying Writers to Pose As Journalists as Part of Public Relations Campaign
24 October 2008 | Amazon Watch

The environmental group Amazon Watch today called on Chevron and the San Francisco-based writer Pat Murphy to divulge their financial relationship in light of disclosures that Murphy’s website accepts fees for editorial control of news articles written under Murphy’s byline.     Read more...

Amazon Watch & Amazon Defense Coalition Win Business Ethics Award For Holding Chevron Accountable for Oil Contamination in Ecuador

17 October 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Amazon Watch and the Amazon Defense Coalition said today their international campaign to hold Chevron accountable for extensive oil contamination in the Ecuadorian rainforest has received the top Business Ethics Network's BENNY Award.     Read more...

Texaco Ordered Destruction of Oil Spill Documents

Internal Company Memo Raises More Questions about Texaco’s Operations in Amazon Rainforest
Chevron Now Faces $16 Billion Liability and Indictments

15 October 2008

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.     Read 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.     Read more...

Chevron Loses Another Round In Legal Battle Over Ecuador Rainforest Contamination

U.S. Federal Appeals Court Rejects Attempt to Shift Liability
7 October 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York today denied an attempt by Chevron to shift its multi-billion dollar liability to Ecuador's government for the massive environmental contamination it caused in the Amazon rainforest.     Read more...

October 2008 Rejection of Chevron's Appeal

In October 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied Chevron's attempt to shift its multi-billion dollar liability to Ecuador's government for contamination it caused in the Amazon rainforest. Chevron claims that agreements with the government of Ecuador released it from all legal liability, a claim that the court found to be "without merit."     Read more...

Chevron Loses Major Lobbying Battle In Congress Over Ecuador Trade Benefits

McCain Finance Chair Had Led Campaign
Effort to Quash Claims of Indigenous Tribes Fails

3 October 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron has lost a critical lobbying battle in Congress in its effort to escape a $16.3 billion liability in Ecuador stemming from a landmark environmental case.     Read 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.     Read more...

Chevron's Troubles in Ecuador Continue to Mount with Fraud Indictment of High-level Executive

Ricardo Reis Veiga among Nine who Face Criminal Trial For Conspiring to Falsify Scientific Results of Clean-up
18 September 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador – A fraud indictment in Ecuador against a Chevron executive and seven government officials is based on a theory by the country's national prosecutor that the accused conspired to lie about an environmental clean-up so Chevron could escape a potential multi-billion dollar civil liability then pending in a U.S. court.     Read more...

Amazon Defense Coalition: Ecuador Court Report Underestimates Damages for Chevron's "Amazon Chernobyl" in Ecuador

$16 Billion Chevron Liability Could Rise If Groundwater and Surface Water Damage Included, Plaintiffs Say
New Criminal Indictment of Chevron Lawyers

16 September 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

An independent court-appointed expert in the environmental trial against Chevron in Ecuador should impose additional damages on the oil giant for groundwater and surface water contamination that could significantly increase the current $16.3 billion liability estimate.     Read more...

Battle Over Chevron's "Amazon Chernobyl" Comes to Washington, D.C.

CNN "Hero" Winner, Goldman Prize Winner, Cancer Nurse, and Tribal Leader to Combat Chevron Lobbying
16 September 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, DC – With pressure mounting in Ecuador from a major environmental lawsuit and criminal fraud indictment against Chevron lawyers, four residents of the Amazon rainforest will travel to Washington to discuss the devastating impact of the oil company's operations over three decades in what once was one of the world's most pristine jungles.     Read more...

Criminal Indictment of Chevron Lawyers Based on Wide Body of Scientific Evidence

Seven Ecuadorian Government Officials Also Charged with Conspiring with Chevron to Falsify Remediation Results
Company Hit with Multiple Scandals in Matter of Days

15 September 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

A criminal indictment in Ecuador against two Chevron lawyers, one an executive vice-president, is based on scientific evidence that the oil giant conspired with Ecuadorian government officials to falsify the results of an environmental clean-up to escape a potential multi-billion dollar civil liability pending in U.S. federal court.     Read more...

Chevron Lawyers Indicted by Ecuador in Oil-Pit Cleanup Dispute

13 September 2008 | Bloomberg

Two lawyers for Chevron Corp., the second-largest U.S. energy company, were indicted in Quito, Ecuador, over allegations stemming from a cleanup of oil pits that's now the subject of a multibillion dollar lawsuit.     Read more...

Two Chevron Lawyers Indicted in Ecuador

12 September 2008 | The American Lawyer

Chevron's Ecuadorian quagmire got deeper and dirtier today, with the announcement that two longtime lawyers for the company have been indicted by the Ecuadorian government.     Read 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.     Read more...

Chevron's Environmental Clean-Up in Ecuador Falls Far Short of Company Claims, Report Says

Court Expert Finds More than 80% of Chevron Waste Pits in Amazon Rainforest Were Never Cleaned
"Devastating Blow" to Chevron, Assert Plaintiffs

10 September 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

An independent court-appointed expert in Ecuador has found that 42 out of 46 toxic waste pits inspected in the Amazon rainforest operated exclusively by Chevron contain high levels of toxins in violation of environmental norms in both Ecuador and the U.S.      Read more...

Evidence of Contamination at Texaco-Operated Sites

10 September 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

This chart summarizes laboratory results that show illegal levels of toxic contamination at 42 sites which were operated exclusively by Texaco, some of which Chevron claims were "completely remediated" in the 1990s. Such evidence gives the lie to Chevron's claim that the existing pollution is the sole responsibility of Petroecuador.     Read more...

Chevron: The Real Human Story in Ecuador

Chevron: The Real Human Story in Ecuador

8 September 2008

Humberto, an Indigenous leader from Ecuador, describes the impacts of Chevron's oil exploration in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.     Read more...

Evidence of Fraudulent Remediation

September 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

This chart summarizes laboratory results that show 45 of 54 pits that Chevron claims to have "completely remediated" still contain illegal levels of toxic contaminants. Evidence such as this forms the basis for the 2008 indictment of two Chevron lawyers in Ecuador for fraud, in conjunction with the supposed remediation.     Read more...

Fact Sheet on 2008 Indictment of Chevron Lawyers in Ecuador

September 2008

Fact sheet on the historic legal case, and the reasons for the indictment in September 2008 of two Chevron attorneys accused of defrauding the Ecuadorian government with an inadequate remediation of contaminated sites in the 1990s.     Read more...

Chevron Paying Heavy Price For Texaco's Mistakes in Ecuador, Says Amazon Defense Coalition

Talk of Settlement Reflects Dwindling Legal Options After Court Expert Finds Damages in Billions
18 August 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron's surprise announcement that it would be open to talks to resolve a possible $16.3 billion liability for environmental damage in Ecuador reflects the company's dwindling legal options in a long-running lawsuit over who pays for the clean-up of what even Chevron now acknowledges is a huge disaster.     Read 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.     Read more...

Chevron Rebukes Own Washington Lobbyist for Embarrassing Comments on Ecuador Legal Case

Suggested U.S. Government Shouldn't Allow "Little Countries" To "Screw Around" With Big Companies
13 August 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

With pressure mounting from a major environmental lawsuit in Ecuador, Chevron has publicly rebuked one of its Washington lobbyists who had suggested "little countries" like Ecuador shouldn't be allowed by the U.S. government to "screw around" with large companies by letting lawsuits proceed against them in foreign courts.      Read more...

Amazonian Chernobyl

Ecuador's oil environment disaster
8 August 2008 | Daily Telegraph

Millions of gallons of crude oil and toxic waste - the legacy of an oil extraction programme - has blighted 1,700 hectares of land and poisoned the rivers and streams in Sucumbios in the north-east corner of Ecuador.     Read 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.     Read 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.     Read more...

Amazon Indians Accuse Chevron Lobbyists of Misleading Congress over $16 Billion Liability

Tribal Leaders Say Oil Giant Disrespects "Rule of Law," Plan Trip to Washington to Meet with Congress
31 July 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Leaders from Ecuador's rainforest, suing Chevron over the "Amazon Chernobyl", are accusing the oil giant of misleading the Bush Administration and Congress to escape a potential $16 billion liability in an environmental lawsuit.     Read more...

Chevron's $16 Billion Problem

Chevron hires lobbyists to squeeze Ecuador in toxic-dumping case. What an Obama win could mean.
26 July 2008 | Newsweek

This Newsweek article from July 2008 describes Chevron’s lobbying efforts in Washington to try to avoid facing justice in Ecuador. An unnamed Chevron lobbyist embodies the arrogant attitude that pervades the company, with the quote, "We can't let little countries screw around with big companies like this."     Read more...

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Approves Resolution Condemning Chevron's Abuses Worldwide

Resolution Criticizes Chevron's Profiteering in Iraq, Nigeria Slayings and Ecuador Disaster
11 June 2008 | Amazon Watch

Citing transgressions including profiteering from the Iraq war, the dumping of 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater in an inhabited area of the Ecuadorian Amazon, and complicity in the slayings of peaceful protestors in Nigeria, the resolution was filed by Supervisors Tom Ammiano, Chris Daly, Ross Mirkarimi and Aaron Peskin.     Read more...

San Francisco Board of Supervisors to Vote on Resolution Condemning Chevron's Abuses Worldwide

Resolution Criticizes Chevron's Profiteering in Iraq, Nigeria Slayings and Ecuador Disaster
3 June 2008 | Amazon Watch

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is to vote on a resolution condemning Chevron for its disturbing record of human rights abuses and environmental destruction around the world.     Read more...

Chevron Around the World: Fact Sheet

June 2008

Information on Chevron's human rights and environmental record around the world, and in its own backyard at its Richmond, California refinery. Outlines the company's complicity in environmental contamination, murder and other human rights abuses.     Read more...

Chevron Profits Shadowed by Human Rights Complaints

29 May 2008 | Reuters

Despite higher profits on record oil prices, the board of directors at Chevron Corp was lambasted at the company's annual meeting on Wednesday. Shareholders and activists urged company officials to take responsibility for the environmental and human costs of oil production.     Read more...

"Systemic" Human Rights Abuses Dominate Chevron Annual General Meeting, Casting Shadow over CEO and Record Profits

Chevron's Victims from Burma, Ecuador and Nigeria Confront CEO David O’Reilly at Shareholder Meeting
28 May 2008 | Amazon Watch

In a dramatic face-to-face showdown at Chevron's annual general meeting, victims of the company's grave human rights abuses from three continents today told shareholders and senior executives that the oil major must live up to its corporate rhetoric on human rights and the environment.     Read more...

Dozens Protest Oil Spills, Human Rights Violations Outside Chevron

28 May 2008 | Valley Times

As business leaders were gathered inside Chevron's corporate headquarters for the company's annual shareholders meeting today, dozens of activists outside the gates protested the company's alleged environmental and human rights abuses in Ecuador and other parts of the world.     Read more...

After Record Year, Chevron Faces the Music

28 May 2008 | Contra Costa Times

Despite a record-setting financial performance in 2007, Chevron Corp. faced a fusillade of criticism about its operations in several countries.     Read 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.      Read more...

Chevron AGM 2008 Action

Chevron AGM 2008 Action

28 May 2008

In a dramatic face-to-face showdown at Chevron's annual general meeting, victims of the company told shareholders and senior executives that it must live up to its corporate rhetoric on human rights and the environment and make amends to the communities it has devastated.     Read more...

Activists Blast Chevron on Human Rights, Environment

28 May 2008 | Associated Press

Activists took advantage of the gathering at Chevron headquarters in San Ramon to blast the oil giant for alleged environmental and human rights abuses in Ecuador, Nigeria and Myanmar. Outside, protesters in white protective suits waved broom-shaped "Clean Up Chevron" signs at the company's front entrance.     Read more...

Rising Tide of Human Rights Abuses Haunts Chevron on Eve of Annual Shareholder's Meeting

Communities from Nigeria, Ecuador, Burma and US to Confront CEO David O'Reilly in San Ramon; Billions in Potential Liability
27 May 2008 | Amazon Watch / Asian Pacific Environmental Network / EarthRights International

Representatives from Ecuador, Nigeria, and Burma have traveled to the Bay Area to confront Chevron CEO David O’Reilly at an annual shareholder’s meeting over what they call a “grave pattern of human rights abuses” in their home countries that could lead to billions of dollars of liabilities for Chevron shareholders.     Read more...

Chevron Should Stop Hiding Behind Bogus PR Campaigns & Use Record Profits to Clean Up Its Toxic Wastes

21 May 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron should stop hiding behind its bogus public relations campaign about protecting the environment and start putting its record profits to work by cleaning up the billions of gallons of toxic waste it deliberately­ dumped into Ecuador's rainforest, causing hundreds of deaths to indigenous peoples.     Read 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.     Read more...

Chevron vs. The Goldman Environmental Prize

Chevron vs. The Goldman Environmental Prize

30 April 2008

Video from the Weiser Group about the Goldman Award Ceremony and press conference at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.     Read more...

Rebuttals to Wall Street Journal Editorial

26 April 2008 | Wall Street Journal

In April 2008, the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial that uncritically accepted Chevron's misleading account of the litigation against it in Ecuador.      Read 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 .     Read 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.     Read 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.     Read 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.     Read 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.     Read 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.     Read 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.     Read more...

Chevron Has Only Itself to Blame for Historic $16 Billion Claim in Ecuador Case, Lawyers Say

Company's Bungled Legal Strategy Created Much of Scientific Proof Used Against It by Independent Court Expert
14 April 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron has only itself to blame for facing a judgment of up to $16 billion in a historic environmental case in Ecuador because it produced most of the evidence that is now being used against it, say representatives of the rainforest groups that brought the case.     Read 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.      Read 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.      Read more...

Amazon Activists Win Goldman Environmental Prize

Two Ecuadoreans pursued legal action against Texaco and then Chevron over what they said was massive oil contamination.
13 April 2008 | Los Angeles Times

Two Ecuadoreans who have waged a 14-year fight to bring a U.S. energy giant to account for what they allege is massive oil contamination in the Amazon are among the winners of an international environmental prize.     Read more...

Ecuadorian Campaigners Win Prestigious Environmental Prize for Fight to hold Chevron Accountable for Rainforest Disaster

Goldman Prize Comes Two Weeks After Court Expert Estimates Chevron Damages at up to $16 Billion
13 April 2008 | Amazon Watch

Two campaigners who have spearheaded a landmark class-action lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador have been awarded the Goldman Prize, the world's most prestigious environmental honor, for their efforts to make the company clean up what experts believe is the world's worst oil-related disaster.     Read more...

Report Says Chevron Owes Billions for Ecuadorean Pollution

3 April 2008 | Reuters

An independent environmental expert told a court in Ecuador that the oil company Chevron should pay $7 billion to $16 billion in compensation for environmental damage in the country.      Read more...

Chevron Accused of Lying To Shareholders Over $16 Billion Damages Claim In Ecuador Rainforest Case By Amazon Defense Coalition

CEO O'Reilly Violates SEC Regulations and Corporate Governance Duties By Hiding Liability, Lawyers Say
3 April 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron Corp.'s (CVX) management is lying to shareholders about the finding by a court expert that it faces up to $16 billion in liability for a major human rights catastrophe in the Amazon rainforest by dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste.     Read more...

Chevron Could Lose Billions Over Ecuador Suit

3 April 2008 | San Francisco Chronicle

A court-appointed expert in Ecuador has recommended that Chevron Corp. pay $7 billion to $16 billion if it loses a marathon lawsuit over oil-field contamination in the Amazon rain forest.      Read more...

Court Expert Smacks Chevron With Up to $16 Billion in Damages for Polluting Indigenous Lands in Amazon

Independent Analysis Validates Most Claims of Plaintiffs In Long Ecuador Legal Battle, But Offers Compromise On Some Issues
2 April 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In a long-awaited court report submitted as part of the final phase of a trial, an independent expert has proposed that Chevron pay a minimum of $7 billion and up to $16 billion to compensate for environmental contamination caused to Ecuador's Amazon rainforest during a 26-year period when the oil giant operated a large concession in the country.     Read more...

Fact Sheet on $16 Billion Damages Assessment

2 April 2008

Preliminary Fact Sheet On Damages In Ecuador Trial     Read more...

Chevron's Top Exec Paid $15.7M in 2007

1 April 2008 | Associated Press

Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX) Chairman David O'Reilly received a 2007 compensation package valued at $15.7 million, a 17 percent raise that lagged the dramatic rise in oil prices fueling the company's four-year streak of record profits.     Read more...

Oil and Power in Latin America

Indigenous peoples in South America are taking on Big Oil over decades of environmental abuse.
29 March 2008 | Los Angeles Times

Tomas Maynas Carijano, an elder of the Achuar tribe, left his home in the Peruvian Amazon earlier this week and traveled to Los Angeles. He came, he said, to tell the story of his people's suffering at the hands of a U.S. oil company.     Read more...

SEC Complaint Lodged Against Chevron for Hiding $10 Billion Liability in Ecuador

Chevron Misleads Investors, Says Amazon Watch
26 March 2008 | Amazon Watch

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was today urged to impose a "substantial" sanction on Chevron for misrepresenting facts to shareholders over a potential $10 billion liability resulting from a class-action environmental lawsuit in Ecuador's Amazon region.     Read more...

$16 Billion Damages Assessment (Spanish)

24 March 2008

This is the Spanish language version of the executive summary of the court-appointed expert report. It estimates the damages for which Chevron is liable at up to $16.3 billion.     Read more...

Chevron Accused of “Unethical Attacks” On Court-Appointed Special Master in Ecuador Environmental Trial

28 February 2008 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Representatives of thousands of Ecuadorians suing Chevron are charging the oil giant with "engaging in a pattern of extrajudicial attacks" on a court-appointed special master who is preparing a damages assessment against the company in a historic multi-billion dollar environmental trial in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest.     Read more...

Chevron's Human Rights Record

Information on Chevron's complicity in human rights violations on four continents, and links to learn more about Chevron's despicable environmental and human rights record outside of Ecuador.     Read 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.     Read more...

City of Berkeley Votes to Boycott Chevron

Resolution Cites Controversial Human Rights Record and "Severe Ecological Destruction" in Amazon Rainforest
30 January 2008 | Amazon Watch

Berkeley City Council is to boycott Chevron products and services, citing the San Ramon-based oil major's controversial global environmental and human rights record.     Read more...

Berkeley, California Resolution to Boycott Chevron

29 January 2008 | Peace and Justice Commission

In early 2008, the city council of Berkeley, California voted to cease all purchases of Chevron products in a show of concern over the company's human rights record on four continents, including the public health and environmental crisis it unleased in the Ecuadorian Amazon.     Read more...