A US appeals court may decide fate of a $9.5 billion fine imposed on the company for environmental damageApril 24, 2015Al Jazeera America
Judges in New York began hearing arguments in one of the biggest and longest-running environmental justice cases of all time. At stake is whether a developing country that happens to have oil can enforce its judgments against a multinational company. The results may tell Americans something about what the rule of law is worth in their own country.
Lawyers for Ecuadorian plaintiffs from an Amazon village are appealing a 2014 ruling in favor of ChevronApril 23, 2015Al Jazeera America
"Caught in the middle and still standing there waiting for someone to come clean up the toxic waste are the 30,000 people affected in Ecuador," said Paul Paz y Miño, adding that 1,400 people have already died from cancer.
Four years ago, an anonymous package was sent to Amazon Watch, an environmental activist group. It contained videos that seem to show something truly odd: Employees of a major oil company trying not to find oil – and having a chuckle about how hard that proves to be. Forty-five years since the first Earth Day environmentalism apparently remains a joke to some people.
For decades, Texaco (since bought by Chevron) polluted the Ecuadorian rain forest and has fought compensating residentsApril 22, 2015Al Jazeera America News
"These videos are essentially the smoking gun evidence that undermines Chevron's entire defense in Ecuador. They show Chevron's own employees admitting that toxic waste still exists in sites they swore they cleaned up." – Paul Paz y Miño, Amazon Watch Director of Outreach and Online Strategy
I have watched these DVDs many times, and as I write this they sit on my desk as a reminder that as Shakespeare wrote, "the truth will out." Even if it needs to out over and over again in Chevron's case. We all knew the toxic waste in Chevron's former well sites in Ecuador was still there – that's why Chevron was found liable by a trial judge and two separate appellate courts. The evidence against Chevron – still there – is overwhelming.
Videos allegedly leaked by a whistleblower at Chevron Corporation purport to show employees and consultants paid by the energy giant finding petroleum contamination at sites in the Ecuadorean Amazon that the company claimed had been cleaned up years earlier.
Last week, the Munduruku people gathered more than 600 people in their General Assembly to discuss questions related to health, education, and the hydroelectric projects that the Brazilian federal government seeks to build on lands inhabited by more than 10,000 indigenous people.
Another twist has emerged in a decades-long legal battle pitting residents of Ecuador's Amazon forest and their controversial trial attorney against one of the world's largest energy companies. Environmental advocates released a video today that they describe as evidence of attempts by Chevron to skirt Ecuadoran law and cover up contamination of the Amazon.
In Brazil water and electricity go together, and two years of scant rainfall have left tens of millions of people on the verge of water and power rationing, boosting arguments for the need to fight deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.
Without water to feed its hydroelectric dams, drought-hit Brazil is turning to solar power - dubbed "a fantasy" by the country's president just a few years ago. Now thousands of megawatts of floating solar panel "islands" are to be installed on dam reservoirs.April 6, 2015The Ecologist
Brazil's devastating drought could have the unexpected consequence of finally prompting one of the sunniest countries in the world to take solar power seriously.