Chevron in Ecuador

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Chevron Toxic Waste Pit in Ecuador: Designed to Pollute

14 October 2010

Amazon Watch's Mitch Anderson shows us how toxic waste pits built by Texaco (now Chevron) around the company's oil drilling sites in Ecuador are designed to pollute, and continue to spread oil contamination in the Amazon rainforest environment. A large waste pit at "Agua Rico 4" oil well in northeastern Ecuador has an overflow pipe which allows toxins to flow out of the pit when it rains (which it frequently does) and into nearby streams and rivers depended upon by local residents for drinking and bathing.