Another Reason for Distrust: Chevron in Ecuador


A waste pit filled with crude oil in a jungle clearing near the Amazonian town of Sacha, Ecuador. (Photo: Lou Dematteis/Redux)

A waste pit filled with crude oil in a jungle clearing near the Amazonian town of Sacha, Ecuador. (Photo: Lou Dematteis/Redux)

Texaco, since merged into Chevron, indisputably created a holy mess in the Amazon basin in eastern Ecuador. Ground and water pollution on a vast scale. Chevron acquired Texaco’s liabilities as well as its assets. And among those liabilities is the responsibility for cleaning up that mess.

Which Texaco is spending millions of dollars avoiding. The whole disgusting, appalling story is reported in Alexander Zaltchik’s Sludge Match in Rolling Stone; WC won’t repeat it all here. But Exxon looks like a choir boy in comparison to Chevron’s tactics.

If you think you can trust Big Oil about anything, read the article and have your opinion changed.

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