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...