Oil Giant Ordered to Pay Record $9 Billion, But…

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The fight is not over.

A court in Ecuador recently found American oil giant Chevron guilty of widespread oil contamination that has caused massive suffering for tens of thousands of men, women, and children in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest.

A pipe to drain crude contamination from open toxic pools into waterways near Lago Agrio, Ecuador. The toxic pools in the Ecuadorean Amazon rainforest were abandoned by Texaco (now Chevron) after oil drilling operations ended in 1990 and were never remediated. Photo by Caroline Bennett

[VIDEO] Now they need our help to ensure Chevron isn’t able to use its political influence and seemingly endless resources to avoid paying for the cleanup the communities so desperately need.

A note from Han Shan | Coordinator, Clean Up Ecuador Campaign

The communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon have fought tirelessly to demand Chevron take responsibility for its toxic legacy. With a court verdict in their favor, they now need our help to ensure Chevron isn’t able to use its political influence and seemingly endless resources to avoid paying for the cleanup, clean water and healthcare facilities the communities so desperately need.

Next week, three courageous Ecuadorian indigenous and community leaders will travel on behalf of more than 30,000 affected people to New York, Washington DC, and finally to Chevron’s backyard in the San Francisco Bay Area to demand the company satisfy the judgment. Amazon Watch and our friends at Rainforest Action Network will be supporting them as we meet with reporters, lawmakers, shareholders, institutional investors, and supporters. Our job is to amplify their voices and continue building support for their effort to bring Chevron to justice, and we need your help.

Stay tuned – these leaders have opened their lives to us, asking us to help share touching personal stories with you through video, on our blog, Twitter and Facebook. They’re eager to keep you posted during every step of the way on their trip across the U.S. through an exciting new feature on Causes.

Together we can achieve justice and reach a historic milestone for corporate accountability that will benefit us all.

Your Voice Counts.

Photo: Amazon Watch

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