bp will forever be associated with the gulf oil spill.
Sure, they're big oil too, but they don't harm the environment like the others; we might think.
Chevron has destroyed a region of the rainforest, and guess what folks? They
refuse to clean it up. And they get away with it (have been getting away with it since 1964)
because the people in the area are poor and don't have the means to fight them.
"Hundreds of people have died from cancer caused by contamination left by Chevron in the
Ecuadoran rainforest, where it drilled under the Texaco brand from
1964 to 1992.
Thousands, more suffer from respiratory illnesses, deformities, skin disease, spontaneous abortions
and other ailments.
They are, according to the oil giant, literally "irrelevant" players in a 19-year-old legal battle against Chevron for one of the
world's largest oil related environmental disasters.
approximately 30,000 other rainforest residents recently won an $18 billion damage award from Ecuador's courts against Chevron.
Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the company refuses to pay.
If it did, the money would fund a cleanup of the contamination and provide clean drinking water and health care services for people living in Chevron's former concession area.
In a desperate effort to avoid paying the $18 billion judgment, Chevron lawyerDoak Bishop of King & Spalding recently said
"The plaintiffs are really irrelevant.
They always were irrelevant.
There were never any real parties in interest in this case...
There will be no prejudice to [the rainforest communities] or any individual by holding up
enforcement of the judgment."
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