Chevron vs. Ecuador in Amazon Forest Case


Between 1972 and 1993, Chevron (formerly Texaco) released 18 billion gallons of formation water into the Amazon forest. This sickened thousands of Ecuadorians with many illnesses including cancer. It also killed farm animals and crops. Water and soil samples taken by an Ecuadorean scientific team after 1998 found almost half still contained unsafelevels of petroleum hydrocarbons. This damage led furied victims to sue Chevron.

On February 15, 2011 an Ecuadorian court fined Chevron $8.6 billion for damages. Chevron was declared guilty. Environmentalist hope to use this case as precedent to other similar environmentalist cases where the general public goes against a mutlinational firm hurting the environment. Recommendation: Join the Amazon Watch, a California based nonprofitorganization that works to protect the Amazon rainforest.