Chevron May Pay Big to Ecuador

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Twenty years ago, the Amazon River in Ecuador was heavily contaminated after chemical-laden wastewater was dumped into it. The effects on the surrounding population were devastating: illness, death, and economic loss. Chevron Corp., the U.S.'s second largest oil company, is the alleged culprits, and the company may have to pay at least $8 billion to repair damages after a ruling yesterday. In a statement, Chevron reacted, saying "The Ecuadorian court's jumdgment is illegitimate and unenforceable. It is the product of fraud and is contrary to the legitimate scientific evidence. Chevron will appeal this decision in Ecuador and intends to see that justice prevails."

To tell us more about the long fight is Irene Caselli, who reports from Ecuador for the BBC.

Guests:

Irene Caselli

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [2]

Charles

Was producer David J Fazekas aware that there is very much another side to this story? Apparently not, from listening to the broadcast.

Here is the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page's "takeaway" on the Ecuadorean lawsuit:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703625304575115831733424838.html?KEYWORDS=%22Shakedown+in+the+Rain+Forest%22

I can't imagine how poorly informed and how misinformed I might be, if all of my news came from the slanted, one-sided programs on public radio.

Feb. 15 2011 12:32 PM

Minor in comparison, Chevron had "an accidental oil spill" here in Salt Lake City.

Time for these oil companies to shut up and pay up!

Feb. 15 2011 07:53 AM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.