Ecuadorian Pollution Victims Bring Case Against Chevron to Canadian Courts

29 Jul 2016 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
QUITO, Ecuador

Attorneys for 30,000 Ecuadorians affected by pollution in the country’s Amazon region said this week that they will take their case against oil giant Chevron to a Canadian court.Hearings on the claim will be held in September, Prensa Latina reported.The plaitiffs have asked Canada to uphold a $9.5 billion USD fine against Chevron, issued in 2011 by Ecuador’s Provincial Court of Sucumbios.The ruling held Chevron responsible for extensive pollution of water and soil caused by Texaco, which had operated in the country's Amazon region for decades. Texaco was bought by Chevron in 2001.The Ecuadorian court found that Texaco had intentionally dumped 16 billion gallons of toxic wastewater in an area of Amazon rainforest called the Oriente between 1964 and 1990...

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