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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Jungle Law

An inspiring story of an Ecuadorean peasant-turned lawyer-who took on Big Oil.

In 1972, crude oil began to flow from Texaco’s wells in the area around Lago Agrio (“sour lake”), in the Ecuadorean Amazon. Born that same year, Pablo Fajardo is now the lead attorney in an epic lawsuit (among the largest environmental suits in history) against Chevron, which acquired Texaco in 2001. Reporting on an emotional battle in a makeshift jungle courtroom, the author investigates how many hundreds of square miles of surrounding rain forest became a toxic-waste dump.

Read more: http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/05/texaco200705?currentPage=all

Watch an excellent documentary about the whole situation:
CRUDE a film by Joel Berlinger


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