Ecuadorian Indigenous Leaders Arrive in Bay Area to Urge ChevronTexaco to Clean Up Toxic Waste in Amazon Region

Carol Klenfner

“Our people are dying…”

Ecuadorian Indigenous Leaders Arrive in Bay Area to Urge ChevronTexaco to Clean Up Toxic Waste in Amazon Region

-- Indigenous Leaders Will Provide Briefing on Their Historic Billion-Dollar Class Action Suit Against the Petroleum Polluter That’s Killing Their People --

Luis Ahua, Toribio Aguinda and Luis Yanza, indigenous leaders from Ecuador, will hold a press briefing on Monday, December 9 at 12:00 noon at the offices of World Affairs Council at 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco to discuss how ChevronTexaco left an environmental disaster twice the size of the Exxon Valdez in the wake of the company’s 21 years of operations in Ecuador. The dumping has exacted a monumental human toll – nearly decimating the entire Cofan tribe, which once numbered 15,000 and is now less than 300 in total.

On behalf of 30,000 Ecuadorians, the indigenous leaders have filed a groundbreaking class action suit that charges ChevronTexaco with systematically and knowingly dumping more than 16 million gallons of crude oil and 20 billion gallons of highly toxic wastewater into one of the most biologically fragile ecosystems on Earth. ChevronTexaco blatantly ignored industry-wide standards throughout its 21 years of oil drilling, resulting in the destruction of local food and water supplies, and dramatically increased rates of cancer, spontaneous abortions and respiratory infections among the indigenous populations.

At last, these indigenous leaders will have the opportunity to speak on behalf of their people and culture and provide first-hand accounts of how ChevronTexaco has decimated their land, their culture and their lives.

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WHO: LUIS AHUA, Huarorani indigenous leader from the Amazon
TORIBIO AGUINDA, Cofan indigenous leader from the Amazon
LUIS YANZA, Frente de Defensa de la Amazonia, affected communities spokesperson

WHEN: 12:00 Noon, Monday, December 9, 2002

WHERE: World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter Street (b/w Grant & Stockton), Suite #200, San Francisco



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