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23 May 2009

Prof Dr Joan Martinez-Alier, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

[DOC] Letter to The Economist

Sir, Your report on the Chevron court case in Lago Agrio, Ecuador is unusually biased. You write that Chevron asked the US government to review Ecuador's trade preferences (in response to a court case started by private citizens!), and you fail to mention that some US Senators complained against this, including the then Senator Obama who signed a letter stating that the plaintiffs should have peacefully their day in court. You attack the plaintiffs lawyers because they would collect a substantial part of the damages...and you fail to explain that the main Ecuadorian lawyer is Pablo Fajardo, whose honesty is beyond dispute...You are right in arguing that the state company Petroecuador, is also liable for untold damage to human health and the environment...It is next on line.

Part of the following timelines

Economist article on Ecuadorian indigenous' lawsuit against Chevron over health & environment: "Justice or extortion?"

Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)