The Crowd vs. Derrame de Petróleo de Chevron

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The Crowd reclama
Chevron debe pagar todos los daños causados en Ecuador.

Próxima acción legal de the crowd
Evaluar los activos de Chevron en Canadá para recolectar la compensación legítima de 9.5 billones de dólares norteamericanos, necesarios para limpiar la contaminación en 400,000 hectáreas de la jungla del Amazonas y poder crear un enorme programa de salud. Para cubrir los costes para la preparación de este paso legal, programado para 2017, the crowd necesita US $28,000 (25.000 euros) para finales de 2016.

Resumen
En 2011, el Tribunal General de Ecuador condenó a Chevron a pagar 9.5 billones de dólares norteamericanos (9 billones euros) para limpiar 400,000 hectáreas contaminadas de la jungla del Amazonas y poder crear un enorme programa de salud. La contaminación creció debido a un uso de métodos inapropiados y anticuados de extracción de petróleo entre 1964 y 1995. Hasta ahora, Chevron se ha negado a pagar y mientras tanto ha liquidado todos sus activos en Ecuador.

Progreso legal
La decisión de la Corte Suprema en Canadá permitió a las víctimas continuar con la ejecución en dicho país.

Antecedentes del caso y a quien apoya The Crowd Versus
Chevron dejó Ecuador hace años, pero se “olvidó” de llevarse consigo los 16 billones de galones (61 billones de litros) de residuos tóxicos que contaminan los ríos locales utilizados por la población para beber agua, bañarse y pescar. Después de esto, Chevron ignoró al Tribunal General de Ecuador y se negó a pagar los 9.5 billones de dólares norteamericanos (9 billones euros) necesarios para limpiar la contaminación de las 400,000 hectáreas de la selva del Amazonas.

Esta mortal contaminación del Amazonas fue causada por Texaco (adquirida por Chevron en 2000) al utilizar equipamiento y métodos inapropiados y anticuados para la extracción de petróleo desde 1964 a 1995, en el campo petrolífero de Lago Agrio. Desde entonces, los indígenas y los agricultores han estado permanentemente expuestos a tierras y aguas contaminadas, haciendo que muchos de ellos se pusieran (realmente) enfermos, e incluso causando su muerte. En el área afectada existen grandes porcentajes de casos de cáncer y otras enfermedades.

En 1993, dichas 30,000 víctimas demandaron a Chevron, anteriormente Texaco, en un litigio en Nueva York. Nueve años después, Chevron persuadió al Tribunal de los Estados Unidos de que transfiriese el caso a los tribunales de Ecuador. El consecuente juicio en Ecuador duró diez años, declarando a Chevron culpable de dañar la selva del Amazonas y a su población indígena. Este veredicto, que obligaba a Chevron a pagar más de 9 billones de dólares norteamericanos (9 billones euros) para limpiar la contaminación, y ha sido revisado y confirmado por tres diferentes niveles de tribunales en Ecuador, incluyendo el Tribunal Nacional de Ecuador.

Chevron ha liquidado todos los activos en Ecuador y ha prometido a las víctimas ‘toda una vida de juicios’. ¡Ya han pasado casi decenas de millones de dólares para abstenerse de pagar la sentencia 9.5 billones de dólares! Las víctimas están dando pasos legales para evaluar los activos de dicha multinacional del petróleo en otros países, como por ejemplo, Brasil, Argentina y Canadá, para poder cobrar su legítima compensación.

Fromboliere Cia. Ltda (Fromlobiere) basada en Ecuador, es la ONG/organización sin ánimo de lucro junto con la que The Crowd Versus trabaja en este caso. Fromboliere representar “The Union of People Affected by Texaco” (UDAPT).

Legal Updates

2017-10-31
The Court of Appeal for Ontario decides against Chevron’s million dollar demand for security – a Chevron tactic to derail the plaintiffs’ litigation. 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 the security of C$1 million of security costs. The security demand would have halted the trial against Chevron in Canada because the peasants and indigenous peoples of Ecuador cannot afford to post such a bond.

2017-03-09
The Toronto Court judge who heard the case in Canada accepted a request by UDAPT (Unión de Afectados por Texaco), the Ecuadorian plaintiffs, in which they asked he deny Chevron the possibility of re-litigating all the arguments previously resolved by the Ecuadorian Courts. The judge ruled in favor of those affected.
With this pronouncement the UDAPT, members of indigenous communities of Ecuador, advance with their iconic case, already enduring over 23 years of litigation. The Canadian Court decision may be interpreted, says Pablo Fajardo, the attorney of the Ecuadorian affected people, as “an acceptance by the judge of the validity of the sentence issued by the Ecuadorian Courts”. This decision also stops Chevron from causing unnecessary delays. Fajardo acknowledged that the judge did accept the argument presented by the oil company’s lawyers that Chevron Canada and Chevron Corporation are different companies. However, Fajardo expects this decision to be appealed and thinks “it will surely be reversed.”

2017-01-18
The judge in Canada is deciding upon whether Chevron is only allowed to bring in their arguments that were allowed by the Ecuadorian Court, or that Chevron is able to bring in all new arguments, that were earlier withheld by the Equadorian Court . We are positive about the chance that it will be the former, but we are waiting for the decision.

2016-09-29
During a four days of legal hearing in Toronto (09-12 to 09-16), the plaintiffs tried to enforce a US$9.5-billion pollution judgment from a court in Ecuador against the company’s assets in Canada. A flurry of admissions and argument took place during the hearing, that is expected to determine the scope of the enforcement trial targeting Chevron’s assets to force the company to comply with the Ecuador environmental judgment. Chevron has at least $15 billion of assets in Canada, or more than enough to pay the entirety of the judgment plus interest.

2016-09-08
Toronto, Canada – The group of plaintiffs will ask a Canadian judge Monday to stop Chevron from seeking to evade a $9.5 billion environmental damages award resulting from a lawsuit filed 23 years ago.
Chevron tried to block the enforcement action in Canada until the country’s Supreme Court ordered it to proceed in a unanimous opinion issued last year. Chevron has an estimated $15 billion to $25 billion in assets in the country, including oil production facilities, a refinery in British Columbia, and the Athabasca oil sands project in Alberta. A five-day motions hearing, beginning Monday, will help determine both the scope of the enforcement trial and the timetable for the possible seizure of Chevron assets. The judgment against Chevron is now worth roughly $12 billion because of statutory interest under Canadian law.
First, the Ecuadorians will seek to knock out all of Chevron’s “fraud” defenses because three separate Ecuador courts have considered Chevron’s evidence and rejected its validity – courts where Chevron chose to conduct the trial, according to legal papers filed by Alan Lenczner, the Canadian trial lawyer.
Secondly, the Ecuadorians plan to block a Chevron motion that seeks a ruling that the company’s Canadian assets cannot be seized because they are owned by a wholly-owned Chevron subsidiary called Chevron Canada, rather than by Chevron itself. The Ecuadorians have rejected Chevron’s argument as “illogical” and “preposterous” and predict the court will deny the company’s attempt to hide behind corporate technicalities to evade paying what it owes to the impoverished villagers, many of whom suffer from cancer and other health impacts due to the pollution.

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