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petroleum

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alex arteaga

on 25 October 2010

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Transcript of petroleum

rainforest disaster history take Action! health impacts party! send a message! donate! what happened? What do they say? the trial Where? Environmental Catastrophe host CRUDE THE MOVIE crude oil in Ecuador clean up Ecuador campaign clean up Chevron's toxic legacy in Ecuador

compensate affected communities for health and environmental impacts

provide people real access to health care and clean water

prevent similar tragedies in the future

develop a global environment and human rights policy Chevron attributes all oil spills, pools of toxic waste and open flaring of noxious gases to the former state-owned oil company, 1993, filed in New York health impacts! environmental damages contamination above legal limits Ecuadorian Amazon, Oriente Chevron insists that it is being targeted only because of its DEEP POCKETS Chevron claims it is being targeted while plaintiffs and environmental activists allow Petroecuador to escape blameless The region's soil and water are CONTAMINATED WITH TOXIC CHEMICALS

Implemented to save money, Texaco's completely inadequate waste management practices have killed hundreds of lives. Chevron is embroiled in a historic class-action lawsuit in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

The suit alleges that Texaco (now owned by Chevron), which produced oil in Ecuador from 1964-1990, caused the LARGEST OIL-RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL CATASTROPHE IN THE WORLD! Texaco petitioned to have it relocated in Ecuador, praising the integrity of Ecuador's judicial system.

After many appeals, in 2002, the trial was relocated to Ecaudor. Both sides requested judicial inspections of Texaco's former oil installations and waste pits. inspections soil and water contamined petroecuador what we reply... too often, corporation working in DEVELOPING COUNTRIES have ignored the rule of law without punishment they take advantage of:
- weak environmental and human right protections
- weak enforcement of existing laws Chevron's effort to blame Petroecuador is only an attempt to rewrite 40 years of history.

1964 to 1990, Texaco designed, built, and operated oil production system done on the cheap.


Texaco used outdated technology intended to pollute ILLEGAL in the U.S. Texaco was the sole operator in Ecuador daily survival supply systematic pollution and exposure to toxins on a daily basis for THREE DECADES area size: 3 X Manhattan

Texaco carved 350 oil wells

left 1,000 open toxic waste pits -->leaked into water
through heavy rain

30,000 people depend on the river drinking
eating
bathing
fishing
cooking texaco dumped more than 18 bilion gallons of toxic
estimated 4 million gallons per day "We got our drinking water from the rain, and when it didn't rain, from the stream. It had a funny taste and sometimes you could see oil floating on top. We bathed there and washed our clothes there. We knew the water was bad for our health, but what could we do? There wan't water anywhere else." Weird Changes new illnesses Texaco sprayed oil to keep the dust down "free gasoline to wash the oil off feet" Chevron attributes health problems to povery and lack of sanitation "Chevron's web site maintains that the primary causes of disease in the region are poverty and poor sanitation... Yet nowhere does Chevron mention how oil development has conceivably altered these conditions, nor does it state that such conditions increase vulnerability to the environmental exposures of concern" "The Texaco waste pits were upriver, and we drank water downriver. After bathing, our skin was covered with crude. I went to the oil companies, and they said this wouldn't affect me, that the reason I had cancer was because I didn't have good personal hygiene." Affected
Communities Chevron has altered and degraded an environment that people call home

Indigenous people knew the forest intimately and lived sustainably off its resources for generations ... now they are forced into dire poverty, unable to make a living in their traditional ways... SPREAD THE WORD!
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