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caneca
05:33 PM on 01/24/2011
This is the kind of thing North American companies used to do all the time in Latin America. And usually they got away with it. But that was before the age of global communications, the internet, and wiki leaks.

Chevron had historical reasons to believe they would get away with it too.
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StopThePlanet
Outlaw stupidity and only outlaws will be stupid
05:52 PM on 01/24/2011
Just because people find out doesn't mean the perps will be held liable.  BP is going to go scott free once again and the whole world knows about it.   For the sake of the people of Ecuador, maybe Chevron will be held accountable.
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BenK1976
05:26 PM on 01/24/2011
this has been covered before but good that it's getting attention again
we aren't even outraged by fracking or cutting the top off the Appalachian mountains in service of nat gas and coal ...and those are happening right here in the US

advertisements are cheaper than safer & less destructive processes
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Sweet Leaf
We have the best Government money can buy -M.Twain
05:23 PM on 01/24/2011
Been dragging on for nearly 20 years.
peowlemeow
Democrat,non-military,undereducated,semi-retired.
05:31 PM on 01/24/2011
Cool avatar,fanning you so it comes up on my hp page now and again.
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cccoyote
Exile Citizens United
05:20 PM on 01/24/2011
This has been a long hard battle, especially considering Oil has more dollars in the coffers than Ecuador. Kudos to a small nation and it's people for standing firm.
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BlackBuddha
I didn't mean to, I meant to
05:19 PM on 01/24/2011
But I just saw a Chevron Commercial

and this Blonde in a Black Suit

smiles at me and tells me how great

Everything's going to be because of Chevron.

Why would she possibly say this if it isn't true?

Oh..... never mind.
06:03 PM on 01/24/2011
We take lies from smiling faces better, that's why.
No reason for stinking oil productions, we have already alternatives:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6zYzva3BHw&feature=related
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mataylor16
You all want it one way. But, its the other way. -
05:17 PM on 01/24/2011
What should be realized is that in the mind of some people, this doesnt necessarily constitute a bad outcome, only the collateral damage that more prosperous people inflict upon less prosperous people in the name of enhancing their prosperity. You may look at it and see a great injustice, others look at it and see the natural order of things. Funny how most of them have never woke up one day and seen their backyard turned into a toxic cesspool.
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Smugglez
It's none of your business what this says.
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emmanuel goldstein
NSA = Needlessly Surveilling Americans
05:12 PM on 01/24/2011
The history of this problem is the focus of the documentary film "Crude", which I would highly recommend for anyone who like documentary films.
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05:12 PM on 01/24/2011
Any bets on the political and economic ideology of those running this corporation?
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baxtron
tek phlarpt
05:32 PM on 01/24/2011
Named a tanker after Condeliza Rice.
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dtlewis
Resophile
05:12 PM on 01/24/2011
Oh, sure, go ahead and privatize SS and Medicare so we can all entrust our life's savings with the likes of folks like Chevron and the rest of the Fortune 500. Yeah, that's a really great idea.
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democles
swords-r-us
05:07 PM on 01/24/2011
Been there. It is beyond belief. Big oil, once again, showing their good citizenship of the world credentials.
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DaveNYC
05:07 PM on 01/24/2011
Thanks for carrying this extremely disturbing story. Which I have not heard at any other news outlet, notwithstanding its obvious importance. (On the other hand, I just learned from CNN that Wikileaks could undermine the peace process. Uh huh.)

Please continue to cover this and post the evidence that is submitted to the court.
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Jennifer Mead
Girls dig unix
05:10 PM on 01/24/2011
Yes wikileaks will undermine the peace process. Only because it is based on lies and the leaks show the truth.
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05:27 PM on 01/24/2011
Amy Goodman @ Democracynow.org (based in NYC btw) has been covering this and similar stories of the oil giants for years and years. She was one of the only news sources who was talking about the Ken Sarawiwa incident over 12 years ago, and again when the nigerian court ruled against texaco.
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Vincent Gormley
Artist, activist, volunteer, compassion lives
09:53 PM on 01/24/2011
Oh yeah FAVED again. Amy has been covering this since before Democracy Now! when she was News Director @ WBAI-FM 99.5 in NYC (Pacifica radio).
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Jennifer Mead
Girls dig unix
05:06 PM on 01/24/2011
We Americans are spoon fed what the right wingers want us to read. So no we haven't heard about this before.
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StopThePlanet
Outlaw stupidity and only outlaws will be stupid
05:55 PM on 01/24/2011
That's why you don't rely on corporate media for information. The only thing that tells you is what the agenda is.
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zyxwvutsrqpo
05:04 PM on 01/24/2011
FREE MARKET!
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Henk
I like your Christ, I don't like your Christians..
04:52 PM on 01/24/2011
So an oil company comes in, sucks out the oil, makes a huge mess and leaves. We know what the got: Huge piles of cash, but what do the locals get? Cancer! What a deal, eh?