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Indigenous Ecuadoreans affected by Chevron oil pollution to meet with American Indian tribes to discuss Gulf oil spill

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28 June 2010

The Lasting Stain of Oil: Cautionary Tales and Lessons from the Amazon

Author: We Can Change Chevron

Asamblea de Afectados por Texaco (The Assembly of Communities Affected by Chevron/Texaco) [prepared a document] to be presented to Gulf Coast communities affected by the recent BP oil disaster. In confronting their own oil disaster, Indigenous Ecuadoreans have learned many lessons about cultural survival and what it takes to hold a company accountable for harms it has caused. Included in the document are 10 lessons communities in Ecuador have compiled from their experiences living with Chevron’s billions of gallons of oil contamination for the past 30 years.

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25 June 2010

Gulf coast American Indian tribe hosts Ecuadorean leaders devastated by Chevron oil contamination

Author: Rainforest Action Network

Gulf Coast American Indian Tribes in southeast Louisiana impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be hosting a cultural exchange with their Ecuadorean counterparts who have been severely impacted for decades by Chevron’s oil contamination in Ecuador’s rainforest...The Ecuadorean leaders...hope to share their experiences in recovery and protecting health, livelihoods, and culture in the wake of an oil disaster of this magnitude...Texaco (now Chevron) deliberately dumped 18 billion gallons of toxic oil waste, 17 million gallons of oil, and left over 900 unlined oil pits in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest...The contamination has decimated Indigenous groups in Ecuador and caused an outbreak of illness, birth defects, and cancers that account for at least 1,400 deaths. [also refers to BP]

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1 June 2010

[PDF] The Lasting Stain of Oil - Cautionary Tales and Lessons from the Amazon

Author: Asamblea de Afectados por Texaco (The Assembly of Communities Affected by Chevron/Texaco), Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network

What can Gulf Coast residents learn from other communities that have suffered the terrible consequences of oil industry recklessness?...1. Public Awareness and Support is Invaluable...2. Corporate Polluters Will Cover Up Evidence...3. Don’t Trust the Polluter to Properly Clean Up...4. Expect a Public Relations Campaign to Gloss Over Impact and Attack Community...5. Corporations Will Use Legal Maneuvering and Political Influence to Evade Liability...6. Oil Disasters Will Have Long-term Impacts...7. Beware of Hidden & Latent Environmental Impact...8. Environmental Harm Can Have Long Lasting Health Impacts...9. Environmental Harm Can Have Long Lasting Cultural Impacts...10. Affected Communities Have the Power to Demand Accountability [refers to BP, Chevron, Hill and Knowlton, Texaco (now part of Chevron)]

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