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30 Nov 2006

Oxfam America

Amazon Defense Front Keeps Up the Pressure in Texaco Case

It has been almost 15 years since Texaco [part of Chevron] stopped pumping oil in Ecuador, but the Amazon Defense Front (FDA) continues its legal case against the company.... The FDA is determined to struggle on despite many obstacles, particularly economic, in order “to complete a global study on the magnitude of the damage and the cost of reparations,” said [former FDA president Luis] Yanza. “This study will be undertaken by a technical team, but led by a director named by the court. Another aim is to keep the case before the public, in order to sustain and strengthen the unity of those affected,” he said...The new English web page (http://www.texacotoxico.org/eng/) contains photos, tables, graphs and descriptions of the contamination, which every day forces 30,000 Ecuadorians to drink, cook and bathe in polluted waters.