Eye on the Amazon
  • Chevron Found Guilty In Amazon Pollution Case

    February 16, 2011 – On Monday, after 17 years of intense legal battle, Chevron, the second largest oil company in the United States, was found guilty by Ecuadorian courts for massive environmental contamination of the Amazon and was ordered to pay a fine of $9 billion in damages. This represents the largest judgment ever against a U.S company for environmental contamination and marks the first time that indigenous and farmer communities have successfully won a judgment in foreign courts against an American company for environmental crimes abroad.

  • Over 600,000 Petitions Delivered to Brazilian Government This Week

    February 11, 2011 – If you are one of over 600,00 people who signed the global petition to stop the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon, you should know that your signature didn't get lost in cyberspace somewhere. It was delivered to the Brazilian government on Tuesday afternoon here in Brasilia by a delegation of indigenous and community leaders from the Xingu River basin.

  • Chevron Adds Insult to Injury in the Amazon

    February 9, 2011 – It is hard to know what to make of such a patently absurd and egregious insult as this; Big Oil suing the victims of their contamination. Chevron is pouring ghastly sums of money into a scorched-earth legal and public relations strategy designed, essentially, to destroy the hopes of the plaintiffs.

  • Brazilian Version Released of the Google Earth Animation on the Belo Monte Monster Dam

    September 15, 2010 – Today, a Brazilian version of the powerful 3-D Google Earth video about the Belo Monte Monster Dam was released. Narrated in Portuguese by Brazilian actor Dira Paes, the video will take you on a breathtaking tour of the Xingu River Basin and show you what will happen if this monstrous Belo Monte dam is built.

  • "Hero" Lawyer Pablo Fajardo on Taking on Chevron in Ecuador: "I Fight for Justice and for Life"

    September 10, 2010 – The Harvard International Law Journal recently published a thoughtful article by Pablo Fajardo, the acclaimed human rights activist and lead counsel for the 30,000 indigenous people and farmers of the Ecuadorian Amazon working to hold American oil giant Chevron (formerly Texaco) accountable for what he calls "serious violations against the environment and people of the region."

  • The September Eye on the Amazon Is Out!

    September 9, 2010 – The latest version of our Eye on the Amazon enewsletter is out and online. Among other developments, it highlights the historic agreement the Government of Ecuador has made with the United Nations to create a trust fund in exchange for refraining from drilling for oil in the Yasuni National Park.

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