Chevron in Ecuador

The archive of the Clean Up Ecuador campaign website

News and Multimedia from 2007

Ecuadorian Rainforest Communities Send Message to the World: Save Yasuni National Park from Devastation by Oil Industry

Aerial Images To Air During Live Earth Concert Broadcasts
6 July 2007 | Amazon Watch

Indigenous communities from Yasuni National Park, home to some of the most biodiverse primary tropical rainforest on the planet, sent a message to the world today pleading to save the park from devastation by the oil industry.     Read more...

Chevron Using Unethical Tactics to Avoid Judgment In $10 Billion Rainforest Trial

Series of Legal Setbacks In Ecuador Haunt Company; Charges of Fabricating Evidence
28 August 2007 | Amazon Defense Coalition

After a stunning series of legal reversals, Chevron is being accused by Amazon indigenous leaders of risking major corporate governance problems by fabricating evidence and engaging in a "campaign of intimidation" in Ecuador to derail a rainforest pollution trial as it nears completion.     Read more...

Offices of Inspector in Ecuador-Chevron Pollution Suit Burglarized, Computers Stolen

20 December 2007 | Associated Press

A court-appointed engineer in charge of determining whether Chevron Corp. caused environmental damage in the Ecuadorean jungle said Wednesday his offices were burglarized and three computers with information about the case were stolen.     Read more...

Court Expert's Office Burglarized During Calculation of Damages Against Chevron

Spotlight on Chevron as Official Warns His Life is in Danger
19 December 2007 | Amazon Watch

The office of a court-appointed expert tasked with calculating the damages against Chevron (formerly Texaco) for dumping 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into the Ecuadorian Amazon has been robbed of information relating to the case.     Read more...

Ecuador Amazon Plaintiffs Fight Chevron Over Dumping

18 December 2007 | Reuters

After a 14-year court battle, Ecuadorean jungle dwellers expect a verdict next year in their lawsuit charging Chevron with polluting the Amazon and vow to fight more delays by the U.S. oil giant.     Read more...

NYC Comptroller Wants Chevron to Review Environmental Practices

15 December 2007 | Associated Press

The New York City comptroller wants the Chevron Corp. to review its environmental policies, citing several claims from countries around the world that the oil company is polluting natural resources and damaging local communities.     Read more...

Thompson Demands Chevron Review International Environmental Practices

14 December 2007 | New York City Pension Funds

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., acting on behalf of the New York City Pension Funds, has submitted a shareholder resolution insisting that Chevron Corporation of San Ramon, CA review its environmental policies and procedures.     Read more...

A Hero CNN Won't Fight For

13 December 2007 | New York Post

Pablo Fajardo of Ecuador was saluted in the "Fighting for Justice" category for his lifelong effort "to force one of the world's largest oil corporations to pay more than $6 billion to clean up toxic waste in the Amazon rain forest."     Read more...

Pablo Fajardo Wins CNN Hero Award

7 December 2007 | Amazon Watch

Pablo Fajardo, the lead lawyer for the 30,000 plaintiffs in the landmark environmental lawsuit against Chevron (formerly Texaco) in Ecuador has won the CNN Hero award, in the Fighting for Justice category.     Read more...

Pablo Fajardo Nominated for CNN Hero Award

Plaintiffs Lawyer Chosen from 7,000 Candidates in Global Poll
26 November 2007 | Amazon Watch

Pablo Fajardo, the lead lawyer for the 30,000 plaintiffs in the landmark environmental lawsuit against Chevron (formerly Texaco) in Ecuador has been named as one of three finalists in the Fighting for Justice category of CNN's Hero awards.     Read more...

Indigenous Group Sues Chevron For Defamation Over Bogus Military Report

Alleges Chevron Gave Ecuadorian Army False Information to Halt Environmental Trial
14 November 2007 | Amazon Watch

Members of the indigenous Cofan people of the Ecuadorian Amazon filed a lawsuit yesterday against Chevron for allegedly pressuring a member of the Ecuadorian military to produce an intelligence report that defamed their reputation and caused the suspension of a critical field inspection in a larger, landmark environmental lawsuit against the oil major.     Read more...

Justica Now - One Peoples Fight Against Big Oil

Justica Now - One Peoples Fight Against Big Oil

10 November 2007

Justicia Now! is a documentary about Chevron Texaco's toxic legacy in the Northern Ecuadorian region of the Amazon rainforest - and a courageous group of people called Los Afectados (The Affected Ones) who are seeking justice for the ensuing cancer, sickness and death in the largest environmental class action lawsuit in history.      Read more...

Chevron Investors Urged To Freeze Purchase of Company Stock Because of Ecuador Disaster

Amazon Contamination is a Moral and Financial Liability No Company Should Sanction, Warn Environmentalists
Trudie Styler, Amazon Watch Join Forces To Call for Buy Freeze

24 October 2007 | Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch and environmental activist/producer Trudie Styler joined forces today to urge Chevron investors to impose a "buy freeze" of Chevron stock until the oil major resolves a multi-billion dollar liability arising from a landmark environmental lawsuit over its toxic contamination of a vast area of the Ecuadorian Amazon.     Read more...

Sanctioned American Lawyer Has No Connection to $10 Billion Class-Action Against Chevron In Ecuador

Chevron Criticized for Using Court Decision to Hide Environmental Liability in Rainforest
19 October 2007 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Representatives of indigenous groups and Amazon rainforest communities suing Chevron for massive oil contamination in Ecuador announced today that an American attorney sanctioned this week by a U.S. court for filing bogus claims has no connection to their own class action lawsuit that is nearing a decision in the coming months.     Read more...

Top Chevron Executive Steps In to Manage Rapidly Growing Liability In Ecuador Environmental Trial

Concern Grows Over Potential $10 Billion Damages Claim and Grievous Harm to Indigenous Groups
Ethics Probes In Two Countries Indicate Wider Risks For Chevron

16 October 2007 | Amazon Watch

For the first time in 14 years of litigation over an environmental disaster in the Amazon rainforest, a high-level Chevron executive reporting directly to CEO David O'Reilly has stepped in to contain a rapidly growing liability and manage several related civil and criminal investigations that have cast a shadow over Chevron's corporate reputation.     Read more...

Demandantes Contra Texaco Restan Importancia al Pedido de Nulidad de Juicio

Home » » » Press Releases Press Release October 8th, 2007 Contact: Luis Yanza: 593-9-397-7809 Lupita De Heredia: 593-9-970-7369 Demandantes Contra Texaco Restan Importancia al Pedido de Nulidad de Juicio No existen fundamentos jurídicos y es un intento de vitimización de la transnacional
8 October 2008 | Frente de Defensa de la Amazonia

La Asamblea de Afectados por Texaco y el Frente de Defensa de la Amazonía, indicaron que el intento de la petrolera para que se desestime el juicio implantado en su contra, no responde a fundamentos jurídicos sino a una estrategia repetitiva de evitar que el proceso concluya.     Read more...

Chevron's Human Rights Problems Span Three Continents

Oil Giant Under Fire In Burma, Nigeria and Ecuador For Rights Abuses and Environmental Neglect
Still No Defined Human Rights Policy Despite Shareholder Pressure

8 October 2007 | Amazon Watch

Repression in Burma, an environmental disaster in Ecuador's rainforest, and a federal judge's decision last month to force Chevron to stand trial in the U.S. for the massacre of Nigerian villagers highlight the oil giant's growing human rights liabilities around the world.     Read more...

Ecuador Congressman Presses Criminal Investigation of Chevron for Fraud In Environmental Clean-up, Amazon Coalition Says

19 September 2007 | Amazon Defense Coalition

A leading congressman in Ecuador this week asked the country's national prosecutor to re-open a criminal investigation of Chevron for committing fraud in a botched remediation of a large oil-related disaster in the Amazon rainforest, according to the Amazon Defense Coalition.     Read more...

Ralph Marquez, a Bush Insider, Built Career Using Junk Science to Protect Corporate Polluters

30 August 2007 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador - With much fanfare, Chevron recently announced the appointment of an "independent" expert to monitor a trial in Ecuador where the company faces a potential $10 billion-plus liability for dumping toxic waste into the Amazon rainforest.

As has become standard with Chevron in this high-profile trial, there is much more to the story than meets the eye.

What Chevron doesn't say is that its new "ex


Chevron Can Be Sued for Attacks on Nigerians, U.S. Judge Rules

16 August 2007 | San Francisco Chronicle

Nigerian villagers can go to trial in San Francisco in a lawsuit that seeks to hold Chevron Corp. responsible for military attacks that killed and wounded protesters at oil company facilities in 1998 and 1999, a federal judge has ruled.     Read more...

Victims of Chevron's Ecuador Contamination Clarify Issues Relating to Dismissal of Claims of Three Plaintiffs in San Francisco Lawsuit

8 August 2007 | Amazon Defense Coalition

The dismissal by a U.S. federal judge of the claims of three Ecuadorian individuals in a minor lawsuit against Chevron in San Francisco does not affect a completely unrelated $6 billion class-action environmental lawsuit against the oil giant brought by tens of thousands of people in Ecuador, according to attorneys for the plaintiffs in the class-action case.     Read more...

Chevron's Ads Attacking Ecuadorian Judges and Courts

29 July 2007

Newspaper advertisements paid for by Chevron to attack Ecuadorian judges, court experts, and the court system.     Read more...

Chevron's Environmental Problems In Rainforest Become Focus During Live Earth Concerts

9 July 2007 | Amazon Watch

Chevron's environmental problems in Ecuador's rainforest were a major focus at the Live Earth concerts over the weekend, where millions of people around the globe heard about a historic $6 billion lawsuit against the company brought by several indigenous nations nearing extinction and where the lead lawyer met with environmental hero Al Gore.     Read more...

Trudie Styler on the Suffering of Ecuadorean Tribes

7 July 2007 | Daily Mail

Trudie Styler reveals the suffering endured by tribes in Ecuador after billions of gallons of toxic waste were dumped in the rainforest     Read more...

Artists and Activists Unite to Clean Up Ecuador

Artists and Activists Unite to Clean Up Ecuador

7 July 2007

The 2007 Live Earth concerts spotlighted the plight of Ecuador's Amazon rainforest. Pablo Fajardo met with Sting, his wife Trudie Styler and members of The Police, and Daryl Hannah was interviewed on Bravo discussing her recent trip to Ecuador. In Lago, activists formed giant words "Justice" and "SOS".     Read more...

Chevron Launches "Dirty War" On Ecuador Court

Smear Campaign Could Ease Path to Multi-Billion Dollar Judgment For Rainforest Residents In Landmark Case
4 July 2007 | Amazon Watch

Chevron's suggestion this week that it might withdraw from a landmark $6 billion rainforest pollution trial in Ecuador on the eve of a final judgment represents a "desperate move" that could backfire against the oil giant, representatives for the plaintiffs said today.     Read more...

Chevron Increasingly Desperate in $6 Billion Environmental Lawsuit in Amazon Rainforest

Chevron Seeks to Avoid Judgment It Requested in 2002
3 July 2007 | Amazon Watch

Having lost critical legal motions in recent weeks in two countries over its multi-billion dollar liability in the Amazon rainforest, Chevron's prospects in the long-running case are dimming with a final judgment expected within months despite frantic efforts by company lawyers to delay the process.     Read more...

Hundreds March in Ecuadorian Amazon to Protest Chevron's Delay Tactics in Environmental Lawsuit

600 Person "Human Billboard" at Former Texaco Well Site Calls For "Justice Now"
3 July 2007 | Amazon Watch

Hundreds of local indigenous people and campesinos marched today to protest Chevron´s delay tactics as a judgment approaches in a landmark multi-billion dollar environmental lawsuit against the company.     Read more...

Chevron Loses in New York Lawsuit Against Ecuador

21 June 2007 | Amazon Defense Coalition

A federal court in New York has rejected a lawsuit filed by Chevron (formerly Texaco) seeking to subject the Ecuadorian government to arbitration proceedings in the US, thus evading the jurisdiction of the Ecuadorian courts in a case in which 30,000 Ecuadorians are suing the oil giant for environmental damages.     Read more...

US Court Stops Chevron Arbitration Vs State-Owned Petroecuador

20 June 2007 | Dow Jones

District of New York has stopped arbitration proceedings against Ecuadorean state-owned oil company Petroecuador by Chevron Corp. (CVX), siding with the Andean government in the latest chapter of a long-running environmental clean-up case.     Read more...

Texaco’s Toxic Legacy In Ecuador

14 June 2007 | Common Dreams

It can be considered one of the most unequal battles in the world today. It pits a group of indigenous people in Ecuador, almost totally devoid of material resources, against one of the most powerful oil corporations in the world. The outcome of this battle will impact them for the rest of their lives.     Read more...

Spotlight on Environmental Catastrophe Effecting Indigenous People in Ecuador Illuminated by Celebrity Visit

11 June 2007 | Native American Times

Far from the bright lights of Hollywood, Daryl Hannah and Q'orianka Kilcher are drawing international attention to the environmental damages and ongoing catastrophe effecting indigenous people living in Ecuador.     Read more...

Daryl Hannah Joins Amazon Protesters Taking On Oil Giant

6 June 2007 | The Independent

Daryl Hannah, the actress turned environmentalist, is adding her voice to a campaign demanding redress for the inhabitants of Ecuador's Amazon region, which has been blighted by 30 years of oil exploration by Texaco.     Read more...

Hannah Visits Polluted Site in Ecuadaor

5 June 2007 | Associated Press

Daryl Hannah said she planned to meet with Ecuador's president Tuesday to discuss a lawsuit by Indians and settlers against Chevron Corp., a day after she trudged through the jungle to visit the polluted site.     Read more...

Chevron's Ecuador Disaster in the Spotlight as Celebrities Open Photo Exhibit, Tour Rainforest Communities

Daryl Hannah and Q’orianka Kilcher, the “Peruvian Pocahontas”, in Quito to Pressure Oil Giant
Judgment Nears in Landmark $6 Billion-Environmental Trial

4 June 2007 | Amazon Watch

Chevron's three decades of devastating toxic dumping in the Ecuadorian rainforest will be in the spotlight this week as the actress and environmentalist Daryl Hannah, tours communities ravaged by cancers and other diseases related to the contamination.     Read more...

Chevron Caused Environmental "Barbarity" in Ecuador: Correa

26 April 2007 | Reuters

The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, accused the US oil giant, ChevronTexaco, of provoking from 1972 to 1992 a greater ecological and economic disaster than that caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.     Read more...

Ecuador President Rails Against Chevron for Alleged Environmental Damage

26 April 2007 | Associated Press

Leftist President Rafael Correa railed against U.S. oil giant Chevron Corp. on Thursday for allegedly dumping billions of gallons (liters) of toxic wastewater in Ecuador's Amazon jungle.     Read more...

Chevron's Ecuadorean Foes Try to Drum Up Support in U.S.

25 April 2007 | Associated Press

In what has become an annual rite, Chevron Corp.'s opponents in a South American environmental and legal quagmire have come to the United States in an effort to sway consumers, investors and politicians to support their cause.     Read more...

How Green is Chevron?

25 April 2007 | San Francisco Chronicle

Chevron shareholders meet today in San Ramon for the first time since the Democrats' takeover of Congress and the subsequent effort to recast the West's largest refiner as an environmentalist.     Read more...

Ecuador Disaster Dominates Chevron Shareholder Meeting

Chevron CEO Invited: "Join Us: Put These Scandals behind You."
25 April 2007 | Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network

Chevron's annual shareholder meeting was again dominated by allegations of human rights abuses and environmental destruction today as two leaders of indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon confronted CEO David O'Reilly about his company's massive toxic dumping in the region.     Read more...

Gov. Will Not Meet Attorney

25 April 2007 | Los Angeles Times

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declined to meet with an attorney from Ecuador who asked for help in pressing a lawsuit that alleges environmental damage by Chevron Corp., a financial supporter of the governor.     Read more...

Chevron AGM 2007 Action

Chevron AGM 2007 Action

25 April 2007

Ecuador Disaster Dominates Chevron Shareholder Meeting, Chevron CEO Invited: Join Us: Put These Scandals behind You.     Read more...

Chevron Facing Multi-Billion Dollar Liability as Landmark Environmental Lawsuit Nears End

Chevron Management Must Inform Investors, Prepare for Possible "Rainforest Chernobyl" Judgment
24 April 2007 | Amazon Watch

The lead lawyer in the landmark environmental lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador is in California to warn that the oil major has failed to prepare for a possible multi-billion dollar damages bill within the coming months.     Read more...

Plaintiffs' Lawyer Asks California Governor to Urge Chevron to Clean Up its Rainforest Mess

Schwarzenegger Invited to Ecuador to Meet Devastated Communities, See Contaminated Land and Water
19 April 2007 | Amazon Watch

ablo Fajardo, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs in the landmark environmental lawsuit against Chevron (formerly Texaco) in Ecuador, has asked California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to urge the oil major to clean up the 18 billion gallons of toxic waste it dumped into the Amazon.     Read more...

Gov.'s Green Credentials Challenged

An Ecuadorean attorney calls on Schwarzenegger to help in his lawsuit against Chevron, a major campaign donor
18 April 2007 | Los Angeles Times

Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger is being portrayed worldwide as the green governor, he may be forced to choose between environmentalists on one side and well-heeled political donors on the other.     Read more...

Pablo Fajardo Letter to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

17 April 2007 | Frente de Defensa de la Amazonia

Letter from Pablo Fajardo, the lead lawyer representing the plaintiffs against Chevron in Ecuador, to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. California is Chevron's home state, and Fajardo wrote to invite the governor to witness the damage in Ecuador, and to take a stand against the company for its reckless behavior.     Read more...

Jungle Law

4 April 2007 | Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair correspondent William Langewiesche interviewed and profiled plaintiffs' lead attorney Pablo Fajardo and described the history of Chevron's operations in Ecuador and the legal case against it.     Read more...

Ecuador Court Speeds Up Chevron's $6 Billion Amazon Trial Over Rainforest Contamination

Orders That Damage Claim Be Submitted In 120 Days
20 March 2007 | Amazon Watch

The Ecuador judge hearing a $6 billion class-action environmental lawsuit against Chevron for contamination of the Amazon rainforest has ordered that the final phase of the trial, which includes a damage assessment, be completed in 120 days.     Read more...

Criminal Investigation of Chevron Sought in Ecuador by Indigenous Leaders over Rainforest Contamination

Evidence of Fraud from $6 Billion Lawsuit Prompts Letter to National Prosecutor Seeking Quick Action
6 March 2007 | Amazon Watch

Leaders from Ecuador's largest indigenous federation, which represents millions of people, today called for a criminal investigation of Chevron and two of the company's lawyers for allegedly defrauding Ecuador's government during a botched environmental remediation in the mid-1990s.     Read more...