No let-up in battle over Ecuador’s oilfield pollution


Long-running litigation here pitting rainforest Indians against Chevron might run a whole lot longer—at least three more years if the eventual ruling is appealed, say attorneys from the two sides involved in the case. That’s not entirely surprising. With potential liability recently estimated at US$16 billion and with copious technical evidence filed, the courtroom fight over oil-industry impacts on the Ecuadorian Amazon from 1972 to 1992 has reached a scale and intensity never before experienced by this country’s justice system. In the latest clash, attorneys from both sides last month filed their respective critiques of a court-appointed investigator’s report that pegged health and environmental costs of the contamination at US$8.02 billion. (See “Damage estimate filed in Amazon oil-pollution... [Log in to read more]

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