"If this case doesn't go to trial this would be a tragedy. "

" I think it would be a tragedy in this case because it would send a message all over the world that an American corporation can go abroad produce mayhem, kill people, produce poisoning do what ever they want - they will never be held accountable anywhere."

Attorney Cristobal Bonifaz 
representing the people of Ecuador

The Minimum Cure: 

Texaco now ChevronTexaco should be order by the Court to effectuate a complete clean up of the oil left in the environment. 

Texaco created 351 ponds of oil in the region ranging in size from one to ten acres in size.   In 1995 in a desperate effort to kill the lawsuit by the indigenous people Texaco negotiated with the then corrupt government of Ecuador a “clean-up agreement.”   Under the terms of this agreement Texaco agreed to spend up to 30 million dollars bulldozing earth on top of these oil ponds.   One hundred and forty one ponds were thus covered with dirt.  Since 1995 the oil has resurfaced on most of these ponds and continues to flow into the environment.  TEXACO NEEDS TO GO BACK TO ECUADOR AND REMOVE ALL THE OIL LEFT ON THESE PONDS. 

The oil ponds overflow constantly and the oil contaminated the adjacent swaps and rivers.  There are more than one hundred swamps contaminated with oil.  THESE SWAMPS NEED TO BE DREDGED AND HAVE ALL THE OIL REMOVED. 

Oil from the ponds was decanted and dumped on the roads.  There are oil roads completely soaked in oil are a source of continuous contamination to the watershed.  TEXACO NEEDS TO CLEAN THE ROADS SOAKED IN OIL AND REBUILT THE SAME. 

People exposed to oil contaminants have develop medical problems as a result of their exposure to oil contaminants including benzene, toluene, xylene and other chemical compounds banned from the environment by the EPA in the United States.  TEXACO NEEDS TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THESE TRAGEDIES AND AS A MINIMUM NEEDS TO ESTABLISH SOME RUDIMENTARY CLINICS IN THE REGION TO CARE FOR THE IMPACTED PEOPLE.

  • Take Moral Responsibility
  • Bring pure water to the Region
  • Monetary Program to provide clinics to care for
    the health of the people
  • They owe the people that much!



There are three separate international human rights law principles that the plaintiffs claim Texaco violated. The first principle is the right to a healthy environment, enshrined in many recent international treaties and agreements. The second principle protects peoples from cultural genocide. Because Texaco's oil production in Ecuador has led to the near extinction of three indigenous tribes, the plaintiffs assert that the company is in violation of this principle as well. The third principle protects people from racial and ethnic discrimination. The plaintiffs claim that Texaco violated this principle because the company used primitive oil production techniques in Ecuador that it did not use in the United States and elsewhere. There are many treaties and practices that provide an international consensus to support these three legal principles

In November of 1993, several dozen tribal leaders and other residents from the Ecuadoran Amazon traveled to New York to file a groundbreaking, billion-dollar class-action lawsuit against Texaco in federal court. The Ecuadorans charge the oil company caused widespread devastation to their rainforest environment by dumping 10 million gallons per day, over the course of about twenty years, of highly toxic waste water and crude oil into the surrounding ecosystem. The residents charge that Texaco's practices wrecked their traditional way of life and created a dramatically increased risk of cancer for tens of thousands of people. The Cofans have seen their population dwindle from 15,000 to approximately 500 since Texaco built its first Ecuadoran well on their land in 1971. Almost six years after the filing of the lawsuit — as the case moves toward trial despite Texaco's six attempts to have it dismissed — the residents of the Ecuadoran Amazon continue to live out their version of an environmental apocalypse: increased pollution, an alarming cancer rate, a dramatic upsurge in spontaneous abortions and other diseases, and a devastated economy.

Texaco has revenues of approximately $40 billion per year. Over two decades, it saved about $5 billion by dumping the toxic waste water into the Ecuadoran rainforest, rather than reinjecting into the ground as it does in the United States. The plaintiffs estimate that the clean up and compensation will cost approximately $1 billion. Texaco has not disputed the claim that it dumped the toxic waste water. Texaco insists that its practices were not wrong and that its presence in Ecuador actually raised the quality of life for the persons who are now suing the company in New York.




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Sample of Articles on the Case

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