I have been getting their regular news updates and have to say it has been a little shocking to see the reports - a couple of recent items stand out...
Firstly that Chevron has told the highly respected Columbia Journalism Review a flat-out lie about an oil well site in Ecuador and the harmful level of contamination found at the site’s oil pit, featured in a 60 Minutes piece that aired almost a year ago. See more here. It seems extraordinary that Chevron said that soil tests turned up no contamination at a site, yet the court documents clearly show this to be false. Tests from the plaintiffs revealed illegal levels of toxins at over 400 times the Ecuador legal limit of 1,000 parts per million of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons and over 4,000 times the legal limit as allowed in most states in the United States (about 100 ppm of TPH). Worse still because Texaco said it cleaned the pits, people living in the area thought they were cleaned so they built homes directly on top of toxic waste dumps.
Secondly Chevron is remaining silent about charges it tampered with evidence in the environmental lawsuit in Ecuador - however it has come to light that the Chevron contractor who blew the whistle on the company is getting paid thousands of dollars by Chevron in what looks like an apparent attempt to keep him quiet.
Amazingly it seems that Diego Borja, an Ecuadorian who collected soil and water samples for Chevron in the environmental trial, was captured on audiotapes demanding compensation for assisting the company in a number of activities to help it avoid prosecution and discredit the Ecuadorian courts, the judge and the plaintiffs. Borja said Chevron executives in San Ramon promised him a “business partner(ship)” with Chevron that would pay off “like a big brass ring.”
I give a big thank you to all those working for justice on this issue - such companies must not be allowed to get away with this. See a short film with more about what Chevron are up to: http://chevrontoxico.com/