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1 Jun 2011

Tim Hull, Courthouse News Service [USA]

Circuit Panel to Revisit Peruvian Drilling Suit [USA]

A panel of 9th Circuit judges agreed...to revisit its decision to revive allegations that Occidental Petroleum Corp. polluted the Peruvian rainforest and its rivers during 30 years of intensive oil production. The federal appeals court in Pasadena granted Occidental Petroleum's petition for a panel rehearing. In December 2010, the panel said Occidental had failed to show that Peru was a more convenient forum for a trial than California. Dozens of indigenous plaintiffs and the California-based nonprofit Amazon Watch sued Occidental and a subsidiary in 2007, claiming the companies had used outdated and illegal methods for separating crude oil between 1971 and 2000. The plaintiffs...say Occidental's actions contaminated their rivers and made children and adults sick from lead and cadmium poisoning. Pollution also allegedly killed off fish and other animals used for food...Occidental...[argues] that the case should be tried in Peru, where the alleged actions occurred.

Part of the following timelines

US appeals court reverses dismissal of oil pollution lawsuit by indigenous Peruvians against Occidental Petroleum

Occidental lawsuit (re Achuar communities contamination, Peru)