Success! Chevron Ordered to Pay $19 Billion for Environmental Damage

Thanks to your actions, Care2 members, we celebrated a major victory in Ecuador this week.

Chevron has been ordered by an Ecuadorian court to pay more than $19 billion in environmental damages, $1 billion more than originally decided, after an Ecuadorian court adjusted the amount on appeal.

Over the course of 26 years of oil drilling in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, U.S. oil giant Chevron deliberately dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into the rainforest. The contamination devastated the homes of some 30,000 indigenous people and large areas of the rainforest, leaving local people suffering a wave of cancers, miscarriages and birth defects. In spite of the tremendous suffering caused by this toxic pollution, Chevron refused to clean up the catastrophe.

It has taken years of litigation to hold Chevron accountable and force them to compensate the victims of their environmental destruction.

More than 60,000 Care2 members signed petitions demanding that Chevron take action and repay the Ecuadorians whose homes they destroyed. Your actions helped hold the oil giant accountable for its egregious environmental destruction.

This is a huge success for the environmental health of Ecuadorians and for the Amazon rainforest. This incredible victory would not have been possible without your support!

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187 comments

Lynn Carin
Lynn Carin2 years ago

Noted, thanks for sharing!

Ted Granger
Ted Granger2 years ago

That's only $1 for every gallon of toxic waste. If I was the judge, they'd be paying by the oz.

Gillian Gaspard
Gillian Gaspard2 years ago

Caribbean Greetings. Nice to read about all the petitions signed by Care 2 members demanding that Chevron pay these Ecuadorians for the damage done to their homes, not to mention the hazards to their health as well. I am glad Chevron was made accountable for its environmental damages and that the Ecuadorian court ordered them to pay over $19 billion in environmental damages!

Alberta Gentleman

I like news like this.

Alberto Gutierrez
Alberto G.2 years ago

Something we don't hear about in mainstream media manipulation like CNN.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Interesting. Thank you for posting it.

Valentina R.
Valentina R.3 years ago

Great to know.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Kelly Colwell
Kelly Colwell3 years ago

I am not going to be buying Chevron gas until they prove that they will pay the $19B to the people whose lives and homes they destroyed.

Antje F.
a f.3 years ago

ORDERING them to pay and GETTING them to pay are two completely different things. One does NOT mean the other WILL GET DONE. justice wonder HOW LONG it will take, if EVER , to get it done.