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Contamination

Chevron's Ted Boutrous Thoroughly Embarrassed Himself Last Week

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 07.12.2016 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Ted Boutrous embarrassed himself in Huffington Post this week in an apparent attempt to "up the crazy" as the trial to seize Chevron's assets in Canad...

The Double Vision of Blind Faith

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Faith is blind when we believe in something unseen without any or sufficient evidence. Underlying many of our actions is our belief that it will lead ...

The Babushkas of Chernobyl

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 06.11.2016 | Arts
Adriana Aristizábal

I have to recognize, I knew almost nothing about the tragedy that happened almost 30 years ago in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The nuclear power plant accident was catastrophic, and its effects on the population were beyond human comprehension.

Seven Years Documenting Chevron's Environmental Crimes in Ecuador Pollution Case

Karen Hinton | Posted 05.31.2016 | Business
Karen Hinton

Seven years ago this month, I traveled to Ecuador's rainforest to learn about one of the world's largest environmental oil disasters. It was a life-changing trip.

Chevron's "Ghostwriting" Charge Unraveling in Ecuador Pollution Case

Karen Hinton | Posted 05.01.2016 | Business
Karen Hinton

Chevron's "ghostwriting" charge against Ecuadorian villagers and their attorneys, who together have held the oil giant accountable for toxic dumping in the Amazon rainforest, is unraveling.

Chevron Whistleblower Videos Prove Oil Giant's Guilt in Ecuador - AGAIN

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

On April 8th, Amazon Watch released secret videos turned over by a Chevron whistleblower that clearly show company technicians finding extensive oil pollution at well sites in the Amazon that Chevron had previously certified as "remediated."

Current Findings of Chevron's Contamination in Ecuador "Just Scratch the Surface"

Karen Hinton | Posted 03.29.2015 | Business
Karen Hinton

The Louis Berger Group is an international architectural and engineering firm that's been around for 60 years and is one of the top 20 such firms in the world. Will Chevron intimidate, harass and threaten LBG, as it has done others?

Documents Reveal EPA's National Fracking Study Halted by Industry Pressure

Jesse Coleman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Jesse Coleman

Fracking companies had extensive influence over a critical study of the groundwater impacts of fracking, according to insider documents released by Greenpeace.

Courts Deep-Six Details of Chevron's Relationship to Shady Characters in Cover-up of Ecuador Environmental Disaster

Karen Hinton | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Karen Hinton

After more than two decades of litigation, Chevron continues to protect a series of shady characters who haye been instrumental in trying to sabotage a legal case brought by indigenous groups over environmental damage in Ecuador's rainforest.

Chevron's Sham Remediation in Ecuador: Toxic Oil Pits Continue to Contaminate

Karen Hinton | Posted 11.14.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Ignoring the evidence, the oil giant continues to tout the agreement as its "get-out-of-jail-free" card, and U.S. reporters continue to use it in their stories as a legitimate response to the Ecuadorians' charges.

Plague Plots -- Dispatches From Albert Camus

Joseph Cooper | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

A hands-on doctor tries to get public officials to recognize infestations as bubonic and pneumonic plagues. Can a novel's depictions inform discussions about Ebola?

Plague Plots - Dispatches from Gabriel García Márquez

Joseph Cooper | Posted 12.30.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Can the accounts and depictions transmitted by Love in the Time of Cholera help us cope with Ebola?

Chevron Will Lose Ecuador Pollution Case on Both Law and Facts

Karen Hinton | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Prediction: Chevron will lose the historic Ecuador pollution case on both the law and the facts, despite what you may have read in articles by U.S. legal reporters about the 20-year plus lawsuit. In fact, you may think the Ecuadorians have lost already. They haven't.

"The Doctor's Dilemma"

Joseph Cooper | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Despite all that bile, the dilemmas portrayed in Shaw's 1906 play might inform some thinking about how we distribute decontamination equipment and intensive-care teams; how we allocate protective gear, bio-containment facilities, isolation rooms, and life-saving vaccines.

'I Got It From the Beginning': What Five Years of Vicious Retaliatory Litigation Gets Chevron

Aaron Marr Page | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Aaron Marr Page

The idea that U.S. judicial authority can be deployed so neatly in service of a single private interest, even (or especially) one of the country's most powerful corporations, is a bit hard to swallow, at least for me.

How Chevron's Scientists Misled Courts and Public About Death and Disease in Ecuador

Karen Hinton | Posted 09.11.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Doubt Is Their Product, the book by Dr. David Michaels, describes in depressing detail how industries, their scientists, corporate lawyers and large PR firms have "shaped and skewed" science to create doubt about the dangers of chemicals and other toxins industries produce.

False Testimony Forced Chevron To 'Prep' Its Million-Dollar Witness For 50 Days In Ecuador Case

Karen Hinton | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Just when you thought the long-running and bitter Chevron/Ecuador legal battle could not get any more bizarre, it does.

Chevron: Release The Secret Evidence That Proves Your Guilt In Ecuador

Karen Hinton | Posted 06.12.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Instead of succumbing to Chevron's pressure tactics, CBS' lawyers should grow a backbone and demand to see contamination "playbook" documents that Chevron has been forced to produce in an international arbitration proceeding.

Chevron's Ecuador Plan B

Karen Hinton | Posted 05.09.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

The big news this week in the Chevron-Ecuador saga is the Patton Boggs settlement with the oil giant, which should not be shocking to anyone following the financial troubles of the law firm.

U.S. Chevron Ruling: One-Sided Justice for Ecuadorians

Karen Hinton | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Separate and apart from all of the mind-numbing legal arguments and case law, the Ecuadorians are getting supremely screwed again by delaying justice.

On Top of Old Smokey: A Miami Middle School's Community Awareness Campaign

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 04.30.2014 | Miami
J. Patrick Redmond

G.W. Carver Middle School is one of 15 national finalists in Samsung's "Solve for Tomorrow" education contest which gives schools across the United States the opportunity to win more than $2 million in technology. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit with Ms. Vazquez and talk about her students' accomplishment.

Water, the World's Greatest Resource in Peril

James Grundvig | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
James Grundvig

Part of the problem is education. Another is coming up with solutions at the local level. Americans have a poor view and understanding of water issues here, while governments all over the world fail to regulate bottled drinking water.

Confession Contamination in Cook County: Demonizing Youth in False Confession Narratives

Steve Drizin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Steve Drizin

In Cook County's juvenile false confession cases, police officers and prosecutors have taken confession contamination to a new level. Not only did they feed facts to suspects, they scripted entire narratives for them.

Fracking Water: It's Just So Hard to Clean

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.04.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Fracking wastewater can contain massive amounts of brine (salts), toxic metals, and radioactivity. And so the gas companies have a problem: what to do with the stuff.

Chevron Looks For 'Any Opening to Discredit' $19 Billion Ecuador Judgment, New York Times Writes

Karen Hinton | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business
Karen Hinton

The question is whether the scales of justice will be as balanced as the news article, or whether Chevron's superior firepower will be able to overwhelm the gripping stories of those impacted.