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

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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11:11PM PST on Nov 3, 2013

Noted, thanks for sharing!

6:29AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

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

6:26AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

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!

5:09AM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

I like news like this.

2:50PM PDT on Jul 26, 2013

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

1:22AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Interesting. Thank you for posting it.

2:29PM PST on Feb 16, 2013

Great to know.

11:22AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:25AM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

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.

7:39PM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

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.

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