ICC Won’t Prosecute Chevron
The International Criminal Court last month rebuffed efforts to charge oil giant Chevron with violations of international law...In 2014, groups representing rainforest communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon asked the ICC to investigate Chevron for contamination...“The Prosecutor has … determined that there is not a basis at this time to proceed” with an investigation into Chevron’s role in that contamination, the court said in a March letter...“Instead of complying with the Ecuador court order in its preferred forum, Chevron, under [CEO John] Watson’s personal direction, launched multiple collateral attacks against the judgment and the lawyers who represented the affected communities,”...“The health conditions imposed on the indigenous and farmer communities that live in the Oriente constitute a serious and sustained attack on the population...” the complaint stated...“Based on the information currently available, some of the allegations described in the Lago Agrio Plaintiffs’ communication do not appear to fall within the Court’s temporal jurisdiction, and other allegations do not appear to fall within the Court’s subject-matter jurisdiction,” the court wrote...[I]t can only prosecute crimes against international law that took place in 2002 or later. Texaco has not operated in Ecuador since the early 1990s. The court’s “subject matter jurisdiction” includes “genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes,” ICC’s letter said. It does not extend to claims of environmental damage.