Appeal Court Upholds Chevron Guilty Verdict

January 4, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Chevron has been found guilty again. Yesterday, an Ecuadorian appeals court upheld a ruling that the oil giant should pay US$18 billion in damages for polluting the Amazon. It was last February that a local judge had ordered Chevron to pay US$8.6 billion in damages, but the amount was doubled to US$18 billion because Chevron … Read More

Chevron Guilty: Clean Up the Amazon!

May 24, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 3 Comments

Last week it was Shell’s AGM and its turn to face the wrath of shareholders and activists for its appalling environmental record. This week its Chevron’s turn with its AGM tomorrow. Protests kicked off in dramatic style yesterday, when activists from Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network rappelled from the Richmond Bridge in the San … Read More

Chevron Guilty

February 15, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

In an historic victory, a small court in Lago Agrio, in Ecuador’s Amazon has ordered that Chevron  pay some $8.6 billion in damages. The court ruled in favour of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon who have spent the last 18 years seeking damages for systematic and chronic oil pollution. Chevron inherited the suit when … Read More

Secret Recordings Reveal Chevron “Cooked” Trial Evidence

April 7, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

As the 17 year old lawsuit between oil giant Chevron and the Ecuadorian Indians draws to a close, the plaintiffs are arguing that they have uncovered damning new evidence that could seriously undermine the oil company’s legal case. Texaco drilled for oil in Ecuador from 1964 to 1992, working in partnership with the state-run company … Read More

In Peru, It’s All About The Oil

May 13, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

As Lima prepares to receive over 60 heads of state for the EU/LAC Summit to discuss poverty, sustainable development, climate change and energy, a grand drama of indigenous people versus oil is playing out in Peru’s vast Amazon region, 70% of which is now concessioned to oil companies. Here at the Escuela Senen Soi in … Read More

Ecuador Repairs Ruptured Pipeline

March 3, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Ecuador is reopening its main oil pipeline, three days after a landslide ruptured an 80-meter (262-foot) section of the duct, spilling thousands of barrels of oil into the local environment. The ecological fallout from the 4,000 barrel spill in a mountainous region 25 miles east of Ecuador‘s capital, Quito, is “grave,” as many tributaries for … Read More

China Seeks Arbitration in Ecuador Oil Row

November 23, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

Ecuador is the latest oil-producing country to try and renegotiate the terms and conditions over contracts, this time trying to impose a windfall tax on Chinese companies in the country. However the Chinese state oil firms are seeking international arbitration to try to overturn the move, arguing it threatens millions of dollars of investment in … Read More

Un Chief to Visit Antarctica and Amazon

October 31, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has made climate change a priority, will visit the Antarctic and the Amazon rain forest during a South American tour starting next week, the United Nations has confirmed. The visits will be “so that he can see first-hand the effects of climate change and deforestation on the environment,” U.N. spokeswoman Marie … Read More