Thursday, August 13, 2009
"For a quarter of a century, Chevron's Texaco subsidiary crudely and willfully contaminated the land, water and people of this region with an oil extraction process so crude, careless, and deadly that it still stands as one of the world's grossest examples of corporate insensitivity."
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Chevron's Ecuador claims rejected by US courts for 5th time in two years.
Well is seems Chevron's brand new chief in-house Lawyer Hew Pate is really going to have his work cut out for him. Chevron must be telling him something like "hey buddy, we've got nowhere to go but up. Good luck".
Today, in yet another instance where Chevron has quietly tucked it’s tail between its legs and went h,ome the 5th lawsuit Chevron has brought to US federal court has been tossed out. Following last months swift rejection by the US Supreme Court, and with little fanfare, Chevron withdrew it’s claim that they had been released by the Ecuadorian government of any liability for the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic waste water and crude oil.
Chevron claims that they had remediated a small portion of the 916 waste pits it built in Ecuador. Yet, according to a Special Master report from the Ecuador trial the so-called remediated sites are extensively contaminated, containing cancer-causing toxins at levels hundreds of times higher than U.S. and Ecuadorian law allows.
Chevron has long claimed that their remediation process has released them of all remaining liabilities. Well, their own decision to withdraw this claim from federal court begs the question... Does Chevron even believe the lies coming from Chevron these days?