Texaco polluted the rain forests and rivers in Ecuador and Peru during oil exploitation activities in Ecuador between 1964 and 1992.

In particular, the indigenous people allege that Texaco improperly dumped large quantities of toxic by-products of the drilling process into the local rivers, contrary to prevailing industry practice of pumping these substances back into the emptied wells.

Below you will see: 
   Texaco's Postion

  An oil worker getting ready to suction the toxic waste water out of a pit so it can be spread along the network of roads in the area. The practice has the effect of dispersing the toxics across a wider area. In the foreground, the dumping of toxic waste water continues.

  ©Lou Dematteis
This picture was taken in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Preserve in the Northeastern part of the region. Though this scene might look natural, there is a layer of toxic sludge on the top of this swampy water. Ecuadorans blame Texaco for the irresponsible drilling practices that caused this pollution. As the first oil company to drill in Ecuador, Texaco adopted sub-industry standards that several other foreign oil companies, in an apparent effort to save costs, were only too happy to emulate.



  ©Lou Dematteis
This image is typical of the current state of many of the unlined waste pits left in Ecuador by Texaco. When these pits fill up, their toxic contents either overflow into the surrounding rainforest or oil workers use a suction hose to put the toxic-laden sludge into trucks. The trucks then spread the sludge over the dirt roads in the region in an ostensible effort to keep the dust down. In reality, this practice disperses the toxics over a wider area. Many residents are forced to walk over the layer of sludge barefoot. Others have had their farms damaged by runoff from the roads.



©Steven Donziger
One of the estimated 300 open cesspools that Texaco built in the Ecuadoran Amazon to dump its raw crude and toxic waste water. In the United States and every other territory where Texaco has drilled for oil, it has re-injected these toxic substances into the ground in order to avoid harm to the environment.



©Lou Dematteis
More pipeline being laid.

©Steven Donziger
Another of the toxic waste pits left behind by Texaco.

©Lou Dematteis
A new round of pipeline being laid in the Ecuadoran Amazon in an area near where Texaco operated. The Ecuadoran government is anxious to develop its oil reserves, which account for about half of government revenues


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To read more about the legal side of this travesty click here. 

Ecuadorian Citizens Protest Texaco's Amazon Oil Pollution

Texaco Comes With a Lot of Assets. and One Huge Liability
June 4, 1998

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Badge of Shame

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Sample of Articles on the Case

Press Releases

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