In testimony given before the international tribunal, Guerra has now admitted that there is no evidence to corroborate allegations of a bribe or a ghostwritten judgment, and that large parts of his sworn testimony were exaggerated and, in other cases, simply not true.
"In terms of what they found, it absolutely affirms everything that the court system in Ecuador, and Ecuador's supreme court has found: that Chevron is guilty," said Kevin Koenig, the Ecuador program director for Amazon Watch. "It shows exactly what the Ecuadorian court system found, which was egregious contamination, health risks, and from sites that Chevron allegedly remediated."
"Brazil is putting these dams into the energy mix, without so much as looking at their carbon footprints," said Brent Millikin, the Brazil-based Amazon program director for International Rivers, a US environmental group. "The dams are a disaster every way you look at it."
Greenpeace called on Brazilian authorities on Tuesday to reject an environmental assessment for a hydroelectric dam on the Tapajos River in the Amazon because it was a "marketing tool" that disregarded the indigenous people living along its banks.
Paul Paz y Miño of Amazon Watch and Dimitri Lascaris, Green Party Candidate for London West, Ontario, discuss the decision of an Ontario court to allow the case to go forwardSeptember 9, 2015The Real News Network
The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday ruled that indigenous Amazonians of Ecuador can use an Ontario court in an attempt to collect billions of dollars from Chevron for contaminating their rainforest and the subsequent environmental and health damages it caused for the people living in the area.
Ecuadorean villagers can sue Chevron and its Canadian subsidiary in an Ontario court to enforce a $9.5-billion (U.S.) judgment from Ecuador, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday.
Canada's Supreme Court is set to weigh in on one of the most bitterly contested environmental lawsuits in history Friday, deciding whether Ecuadorian villagers can go after Canadian assets of the US-based oil major Chevron.
Indigenous protesters in Peru seized oil wells in an Amazonian oil block on Tuesday and said they also planned to halt output in a neighboring concession to press the government to address pollution and compensation demands.
According to Andrew E. Miller, with Amazon Watch, community-based documentation of the ongoing pollution in the region led to four rivers being declared "environmental emergency zones" by Peru's Environment Minister, though he told Fusion that "few actions were taken to actually address the crisis."
Racist portrayals of indigenous people are sadly all too common. "The Green Inferno" takes it up a notch. Why just feature tribal savages of long ago when you can set the story in modern times and show the tribe actually eating people?