Ecuador: Court expert says Chevron should pay $7-16 billion in compensation for environmental damage

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9 April 2008

$16 billion environmental lawsuit tests Chevron

Author: Kelly Hearn, Christian Science Monitor

The case filed by Ecuadorean indigenous groups is one of the largest environmental suits against an oil firm and could set a precedent. Chevron dismisses it as a 'charade.'... Richard Cabrera, a court-appointed expert...poured fuel on an epic environmental lawsuit filed by Ecuadorean indigenous groups against...Chevron-Texaco... Mr. Cabrera...recommended to an Ecuadorean judge last Tuesday that Chevron pay $8 billion to $16 billion for environmental damages if the company loses a bitterly contested case that started in 1993 with a lawsuit in New York courts, which ruled that the case should be tried in Ecuador... Chevron...attacked the report and its author. "We consider the report null and void because it is the result of irregular processes that do not conform with court orders," Ricardo Reis Veiga, managing counsel for Chevron Latin America, said in a telephone interview. [also refers to lawsuits against Unocal (now part of Chevron) re Burma, Chevron re Nigeria, Occidental re Peru]

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2 April 2008

Chevron Cites Bias and Improper Collaboration in Rejecting Conclusions of Report Submitted to Ecuadorian Court

Author: Chevron

Chevron Corporation said today that it will petition the Superior Court in Lago Agrio to strike from the record a flawed and patently partisan report submitted in the ongoing environmental lawsuit filed by Ecuadorian citizens against Chevron…. The purported purpose of the report, presented to the Court yesterday by Richard Cabrera, a mining engineer appointed by the Court, was to evaluate what, if any, environmental effects exist in the area of the former consortium between Petroecuador…and Texaco Petroleum Company ("Texpet"), a Chevron subsidiary. Chevron has repeatedly presented objections to the Court about Cabrera's lack of qualifications and expertise, bias in favor of the plaintiffs, and violation of Court orders….

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2 April 2008

Expert asks Ecuador court to fine Chevron $7-$16 bln

Author: Matt Daily & Alonso Soto, Reuters

An independent environmental expert told a court in Ecuador that oil company Chevron Corp should pay $7 billion to $16 billion in compensation for environmental damage in the country. In a report to the court, geologist Richard Cabrera said the low end of the range represented the cost to remediate soils and pay for health care costs, a water system and infrastructure improvements. The high end of the range was based on an "unjust enrichment" penalty…. Chevron has argued that it was released from any liability because it paid $40 million for an environmental cleanup in the 1990s, and blames state oil company Petroecuador for much of the pollution. [also refers to Texaco]

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