Chevron Continues Contaminating Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest

Over the course of 26 years, Chevron, a U.S oil giant, has drilled in the Amazon rainforest and purposefully dumped over 18 gallons of toxic waste into their waterways. Their oil operations have not only poisoned an ecosystem the size of Rhode Island, but they have also ruined the lives of 6 indigenous groups in surrounding communities.

Photo: Rachel Kramer/NWF

Landmark litigation is being pursued against Chevron, demanding clean-up and compensation for the resulting epidemic of cancer, birth defects, and premature deaths. Communities in Ecuador are looking to John Watson, the new Chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation, to take responsibility and find a new approach. Justino Piaguaje, President of the Secoya people has sent a clear message to Chevron’s new president saying, “It’s not necessary for people to continue dying. We want him, John Watson to come to Ecuador and see for himself what has happened to our people.”

Unfortunately, these cries for help have gone unanswered and Chevron has launched a campaign to evade responsibility. Tell Chevron to clean up its toxic legacy.

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