The curious case of the Amazonian Chernobyl
May 27, 2011 3:34 PM Subscribe
An Ecuadoran court has issued a landmark $8bn judgement against Chevron Corporation.
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The lawsuit over devastation from of a decade of faulty drilling practices sought to redress harm to indigenous Amazonians. Chevron has branded the verdict "illegitimate".
The LA Times and NPR
both reported the original claim was for $27 billion. Chevron insists
that the claim was for $113 billion and the finding "lacks scientific basis". This in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, including the 2009 documentary Crude
. Chevron attempted to use the film as evidence of the plaintiff's malfeasance. Its strategy was thwarted
by the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court. Chevron presses on with its appeal
To bring attention to the case, the Rainforest Action Network suspended a 15 meter banner
beneath San Fransisco's San Rafael Bridge, using activists as anchor weights.