09 Jan '12, 2pm

David v Goliath: Chevron plots to avoid cleaning up oil pollution in Amazon rainforest - The Ecologist

David v Goliath: Chevron plots to avoid cleaning up oil pollution in Amazon rainforest - The Ecologist

In the north-east of Ecuador, bordering Columbia, the rainforest is still thick in places, lying as it does in the vast Amazon basin that stretches across nine countries. But within this biodiverse-rich corner of the country there is an ecological disaster - compared by some to the legacy of the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl. Billions of gallons of toxic waste from oil drilling in the 1960s, 70s and 80s has polluted streams and rivers in the province of Sucumbios, used by indigenous communities for drinking water, bathing and fishing. More than 900 waste pits are reported to lie abandoned within the region, filled with oil sludge that continues to contaminate soils and groundwater and there is an ongoing legacy of higher cancer rates. Unlike Chernobyl though, this was no accident. According to a court judgement upheld this week, US oil company Texaco, bought by Chevron in ...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1191045/da...

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