Chevron in Ecuador

The archive of the Clean Up Ecuador campaign website

The Amazon's Toxic Mess

Zoë Tryon highlights the plight of Ecuadorian natives after decades of oil drilling

Sunday Night Show
9 October 2011

Mike Munro's powerful investigation into the growing environmental disaster in the Ecuadorian Amazon where one of the world's largest oil drilling is destroying precious rainforest, contaminating waterways and poisoning families.

One unlikely aristocrat is leading the David-and-Goliath fight to hold the multinational giant responsible: Zoë Tryon, the daughter of the late Lady "Kanga" Tryon.

Chevron, which also operates in Australia's pristine Pilbara, has been fined billions of dollars in Ecuador for the damage caused by almost 1000 unlined toxic waste pits left behind by Texaco (subsequently taken over by Chevron Oil) throughout the 40 years it has drilled for oil.