The Crowd vs. Chevron Oil Spill in Ecuador

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Hold Chevron accountable for the polluted mess in Ecuador rainforest!

The Crowd Claims

The Union of People Affected by Texaco’s Oil Operations (UDAPT), representing 30,000 victims of oil contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon area, caused by the oil giant Chevron-Texaco, have been ordered to pay court costs in the amount of CAD $350,000 and in under one month (by July 6th) to continue their struggle for justice.

This is justice turned upside down!

Chevron should be paying to remediate the massive pollution from 30 years of oil extraction operations in Ecuador. The pollution left behind has damaged the lives and health of the indigenous peoples and farmers living in the area.

Next legal action of The Crowd

Seize the assets of Chevron in Canada, in order to collect the legitimate compensation of 9.5 billion US dollars needed to clean up the pollution of 480,000 hectare Amazon rainforest (bigger than Rhode Island).

After a 6-year legal struggle in Canada, in May 2018 the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled against UDAPT, the victims of Chevron-Texaco contamination, on the basis of mistaken assumptions.

In order to be able to challenge this sentence before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal of Ontario ordered the UDAPT Plaintiffs to pay CAD $350,000 (roughly 230.000 euro) in under one month!

If UDAPT cannot pay this, all of their 25 years of legal battles, following the path to achieving justice for the Amazon area and health programs for its people, will be at the biggest risk of losing!

This is their most important challenge, and they need your financial support.

Summary
In 2013, the Ecuador National Court ordered Chevron to pay 9.5 billion US dollars to clean up the 480,000 hectares of polluted Amazon rainforest and to set up a large health program, thereby confirming two previous verdicts of Ecuadorian provincial courts in 2011 and 2012. The contamination was arising due to inappropriate and outdated oil extraction methods between 1964 and 1990, including deliberate dumping of toxic waste and crude oil in the jungle area. As a result, land, water, and the whole ecosystem are extensively polluted and damaged. Local communities have been suffering from severe diseases, even leading to their (premature) deaths.

Despite previously agreeing to abide by Ecuadorian courts’ rulings, Chevron refuses to pay. Furthermore, Chevron has stripped all its financial assets in Ecuador in the meantime. The oil giant even promised the victims ‘a lifetime of lawsuits’.

For this reason, UDAPT victims, as Plaintiffs in lawsuits, have been seeking to enforce the verdict in other countries where the oil multinational company currently does hold assets. This international legal fight is aimed at collecting the legitimate financial compensation that will make it possible to clean up the polluted area and restore the Amazon rainforest.

The Amazon is a global common good, often called ‘the lungs of our earth.’

In essence, all of us are affected by this pollution left behind by Chevron-Texaco.

Legal progress
In 2015, a Supreme Court decision in Canada allowed the victims to proceed with the enforcement in that country. A new ruling from the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2017 rejected Chevron’s arguments aimed at hindering the case and allowed the trial to continue in 2018. However, in May 2018 this same Court ruled against the Plaintiffs, the UDAPT victims.

The only hope of UDAPT’s victims to continue this 25-year long struggle for justice is to collect CAD $350,000 in under one month (!) to be able to file an appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Otherwise, all UDAPT’s legal battles will end in Canada, and perhaps elsewhere, to fight this giant oil company with its expensive, corporate lawyers.

Case background and who The Crowd supports

Chevron left Ecuador in 1992, but it “forgot” to take home the 16 billion gallons of toxic waste and 650,000 crude oil barrels that contaminate streams and rivers relied on by local inhabitants for their drinking water, bathing, and fishing.
After that, Chevron ignored the Ecuadorian National Court and refused to pay the 9.5 billion US dollars to clean the contamination it caused.

This deathly pollution of the Amazon was caused by Texaco (acquired by Chevron in 2001) by deliberately using inappropriate and outdated oil extraction equipment and methods in the Lago Agrio oil fields between 1964 and 1990. Texaco even dumped toxic oil sludge into more than 880 unlined waste pits carved out of the jungle floor and abandoned these.
Ever since, indigenous people and farmers have been permanently exposed to contaminated water and lands, causing many of them to fall (very) ill, even leading to their deaths. In the affected area, cancer and other diseases occur at a rate up to 10 times higher than the rest of the country.

In 1993, 75 indigenous people and farmers representing these 30,000 people living in the area, sued Chevron-Texaco in a class-action lawsuit in New York. Nine years later, Chevron persuaded the U.S. Court to transfer the case back to Ecuadorian courts. The subsequent trial in Ecuador took ten years, finding Chevron guilty of damaging the Amazon rainforest and its indigenous people. This verdict, which ordered Chevron to pay 9.5 billion US dollars to clean up its mess, has been reviewed and confirmed by three different layers of judgment within Ecuador, including the Ecuadorian National Court.

This final judgment represents a historical milestone for local communities struggling against multinational corporations and related environmental crimes.

Meantime, Chevron stripped its Ecuadorian assets and promised the victims ‘a lifetime of lawsuits’. The powerful multinational has already spent hundreds of millions of US dollars to refrain from paying the legitimate judgment.

The victims of this polluted Amazon in Ecuador are now taking legal steps to seize the assets of this oil company in other countries, notably Canada, in order to collect their legitimate financial compensation.

The Union of People Affected by Texaco’s Oil Operations (UDAPT), based in Ecuador, is the nonprofit community-based organization that The Crowd Versus works together with for this case. The UDAPT comprises the over 30,000 indigenous people, farmers and peasants affected by the environmental disaster caused by Chevron-Texaco and represents them in the legal case against the oil giant.

  • UDAPT Press Release Chevron Case in Supreme Court of Canada

    Posted on 16 June 2018

      No one is above the law.  A call to action from the Ecuadorian Indigenous people to support their fight against corporate impunity. Ecuadorian indigenous people were ordered to pay 350.000 Canadian dollars if they want to file an appeal before the Canadian Supreme Court. The Amazonians want to enforce an Ecuadorian judgment ordering Chevron […]

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  • Canadian Court Denies UDAPT Request for Chevron Canada to Respond for Environmental Crime in Ecuador

    Posted on 5 June 2018

    Canadian Court Denies UDAPT Request for Chevron Canada to Respond for Environmental Crime in Ecuador. Affected Ecuadorians Appeal before the Supreme Court Quito, May 23, 2018. – Through a ruling issued today, the Court of Ontario dismissed the evidence presented by the affected Ecuadorians to link the capitals of Chevron Canada and Chevron Corporation. The decision of […]

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  • Update: Chevron v. Ecuador Court of Appeal decision

    Posted on 28 May 2018

    BETWEEN COURT OF APPEAL FOR ONTARIO CITATION: Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation, 2018 ONCA472 DATE: 20180523 DOCKET: C63309 and C63310 Hourigan, Huscroftand NordheimerJJ.A. Daniel Carlos Lusitande Yaiguaje, Benancio Fredy Chimbo Grefa, Miguel Mario Payaguaje Payaguaje, Teodoro Gonzalo Piaguaje Payaguaje, Simon Lusitande Yaiguaje, Armando Wilmer Piaguaje Payaguaje, Angel Justino Piaguaje Lucitante, Javier Piaguaje Payaguaje, Fermin Piaguaje, Luis […]

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  • Chevron v. Ecuador Hearing Scheduled April 17 and 18

    Posted on 14 February 2018

    After the rejection of Chevron’s million dollar security demand – a litigation tactic to prevent the case from being heard on its merits – by the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the hearing originally scheduled for October 10 and 11, 2017 will take place on April 17 and 18, 2018. As a result of a […]

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  • The Court of Appeal for Ontario decides against Chevron’s million dollar demand for security

    Posted on 5 November 2017

    The Court of Appeal for Ontario decides against Chevron’s million dollar demand for security – a Chevron tactic to derail the plaintiffs’ litigation Quito, 31st of October 2017.- The decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario gives Ecuadorians the opportunity to continue their legal action to enforce the judgement against Chevron Corporation without providing […]

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  • Delegation of EU Parliament verifying the damages caused by Chevron

    Posted on 17 July 2017

    A delegation of the European Parliament made up of Helmut Scholz and Lola Sánchez Caldentey, members of the GUE/NGL political group (Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left) will be in Ecuador between the 17 and 21 of July. The aim of this visit is to verify the damages caused by Chevron that […]

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  • The Organization of American States (OAS) stops Chevron from capturing a seat on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

    Posted on 29 June 2017

    The Organization of American States (OAS) stops Chevron from capturing a seat on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) by not electing Douglass Cassel as member. (Posted on http://texacotoxico.net/) Quito, June 22nd, 2017.- The Organization of American States (OAS) stops Chevron from capturing a seat on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) by […]

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  • 60.000 Canadian School Teachers urged the Prime Minister of Canada

    Posted on 11 June 2017

    On behalf of 60.000 Canadian School Teachers, the Prime Minister of Canada was urged to do everything in his power to hold Chevron accountable. The Toronto Court judge recently accepted a request by UDAPT, the Ecuadorian plaintiffs, in which they asked he deny Chevron the possibility of re-litigating all the arguments previously resolved by the […]

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