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Excerpt: "Ecuador's highest court has upheld a $9.5 billion judgment against oil giant Chevron for decades of rainforest damage that harmed indigenous people."

Guatemalan indigenous rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, who visited the oil well, located in Ecuador's Amazon region Lago Agrio, shows her hands covered with oil at the Aguarico 4 oil well in Shushufindi, June 3, 2015. (photo: Reuters)
Guatemalan indigenous rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, who visited the oil well, located in Ecuador's Amazon region Lago Agrio, shows her hands covered with oil at the Aguarico 4 oil well in Shushufindi, June 3, 2015. (photo: Reuters)


Top Ecuador Court Upholds $9 Billion Ruling Against Chevron

By Associated Press

11 July 18

 

cuador's highest court has upheld a $9.5 billion judgment against oil giant Chevron for decades of rainforest damage that harmed indigenous people.

Plaintiffs celebrated the constitutional court's decision announced Tuesday night by saying it leaves no doubt about their right to receive compensation for oil spills that contaminated groundwater in indigenous communities in the Amazon.

But the ruling is largely symbolic as Chevron no longer operates in the South American country. That means Ecuador's government will have to pursue assets owned by the San Ramon, California-based company in foreign courts, where it so far has had little luck.

Chevron had long argued that a 1998 agreement Texaco signed with Ecuador after a $40 million cleanup absolves it of liability. Chevron bought Texaco in 2001.


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+11 # chapdrum 2018-07-11 16:56
A truly great facet of our system that allows rogue corporations like Chevron to (1) fund politicians, who then (2) act as handmaidens for such corporations.
A possible answer: Politicians should not be required to raise huge amounts of money just to run for office. That serves ONLY media companies. If such companies were REQUIRED to give x percentage of their airtime/print space to ALL candidates or lose their charter, we might see a shift.
 
 
+4 # PABLO DIABLO 2018-07-13 16:10
Boycott the corporations that are killing us. They won't change. WE MUST.
 

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