Ecuador asks Hague verify Chevron environmental damage

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The president made the invitation on Saturday, during his speech Annual Management (Photo: Reuters)

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, invited this Saturday to the Court of Arbitration at The Hague to verify environmental damage in the Amazon left by the multinational company Chevron-Texaco; trying to cut that forces the Ecuadorian State to take compensation nine thousand 500 million dollars.
“We again invite the whole world, starting with the arbitrators in The Hague, to come to our forest to get their hands on toxic pools left by Chevron-Texaco,” said the president to submit an annual report for Congress.
He added that “those hands, 30 years after the company left the country, will come filled with oil residue, it is the dirty hand of Chevron.”
For 26 years, between 1964 and 1990, the U.S. exploded Chevron-Texaco oil in Ecuador, in what is now the Amazonian provinces of Sucumbios and Orellana. After his departure, the company stopped in that area environmental liabilities recorded in more than 18 million gallons of toxic waste dumped in rivers and streams.
The Head of State of Ecuador, says there are more than a thousand pools filled with oil like Aguarico 4, which were never remediated by Chevron in the Ecuadorian Amazon; also that the pollution caused by the U.S. multinational is 85 times that of the British Petroleum spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.The oil company refuses to accept the verdict of a local court, which in 2011 was sentenced to pay compensation nine thousand 500 million dollars to more than 30,000 Amazonian settlers affected by poor mining practices used its subsidiary Texaco in that area in the 60s and 90s of last century.
The process of claim includes cleaning of floors, installation of water systems and implementation of health systems to the area.
Chevron, however, sued the Ecuadorian State before international courts, claiming that this was to be responsible to repair the damage. At least eight were hired lobbyists to pressure members of Congress and the Department of Commerce of the United States in order to discredit the government and protect their economic interests.
According to the Ecuadorian authorities, during the nearly 30 years it operated in the Amazon, Chevron-Texaco spilled 16.8 million gallons of oil into the ecosystem, poured 18.5 billion more gallons of toxic water in soils and rivers, and burned 235 billion cubic feet of gas.