Chevron Is Refusing to Pay for the “Amazon Chernobyl”

In 2001, Chevron acquired Texaco, including all of its assets and civil liabilities. One of those liabilities was the “Amazon Chernobyl,” a 1,700-square-mile environmental disaster in Ecuador that Texaco created through a disregard – and an attitude that local Indigenous groups have called racism – for the health of the region’s peoples. Texaco, the sole operator of the fields from 1964 to 1992, eventually admitted that it deliberately discharged 72 billion liters of toxic water into the environment, which ended up in the water supply, and gouged 1,000 unlined waste pits out of the jungle floor. According to several Indigenous witnesses, including Humberto Piaguaje, a leader of the Ecuadorian Secoya people, the company actually claimed that the oil wastes were medicinal and “full of vitamins.”

Studies have shown thousands of excess cases of cancer deaths and other health problems in the region.

— source | Alec Baldwin, Paul Paz y Miño | Sep 17, 2020

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