Ecuador President Rafael Correa Attempts to Blame Chevron Texaco for His Country’s Own Oil Spills, New Chevron Video Shows
Chevron released a new video today in its ongoing battle to demonstrate its innocence in the alleged pollution of the Amazon in Ecuador. The video shows that the Government of Ecuador, driven by a corrupt President Rafael Correa and an equally corrupt Ecuadorian justice system, has worked hand-in-hand with discredited plaintiff attorney Steven Donziger and a dishonest environmental group, AmazonWatch, to hide the fact the Ecuador oil spills were caused Ecuador’s own state-owned oil company, PetroEcuador.
The Chevron website, The Amazon Post, writes:
“For years, the Ecuadorian government, environmental activist groups and calculating lawyers have used images of oil pits, spills and indigenous peoples in the Amazon to mislead the public and pressure Chevron into settling a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against the company. Rather than give in to these tactics, Chevron has fought back, exposing the lawsuit as a fraud and holding the purveyors of that fraud accountable.
“This video highlights the fact that Texaco (now owned by Chevron) already cleaned up its share of oil production sites before leaving Ecuador in the late 1990s and that the Ecuadorian government is solely responsible for the current environmental and social conditions in the Amazon.”
See the Chevron video here: http://theamazonpost.com/chevron-to-ecuador-keep-your-promise-clean-up-the-amazon/
The plaintiffs in the case have repeatedly used misleading photos that are sites that were the responsibility of PetroEcuador to clean up, and, instead, have attempted to shift the blame to Texaco, which was purchased by Chevron. The plaintiffs’ also resorted to paying Hollywood director and filmmaker Joe Berlinger to produce a fraudulent ‘documentary’ (Crude: The Real Price of Oil) that blames Texaco for the oil spills. Berlinger and the film were discredited after it was exposed that he was paid by the plaintiffs and used only footage that was helpful to them, and not Chevron, in its legal battle in Ecuador against Chevron.
When Chevron prevailed in its American lawsuit against Donziger and the plaintiffs in 2014, the New York Times reported:
“Chevron won a major victory. A federal judge in Manhattan ruled that a two-decade legal effort to punish the company was marred by fraud and corruption, making it increasingly likely that the oil company would be ultimately successful in beating back the legal and financial challenge.”
Donziger and his supporters were exposed in the U.S. trial for using bribery, extortion, witness tampering and fraud to win the Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron. Donziger was caught on outtakes from Berlinger’s “Crude” movie admitting his case against Chevron was “just a bunch of smoke and mirrors and bullshit.”
Despite having been demonstrated to be a fraud, the plaintiffs are attempting to collect the Ecuadorian judgment of $9 billion dollars against Chevron in Canada.