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Donald Moncayo (left) and Pablo Fajardo extract mud that contains oil from the yard of Mercedes Jimenez in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, in 2008. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has sided squarely with the 30,000 plaintiffs, Indians and colonists in a class-action lawsuit, dubbed an Amazon Chernobyl by environmentalists, over the slow poisoning of a Rhode Island-sized expanse of rain forest. (Associated Press)

Donald Moncayo (left) and Pablo Fajardo extract mud that contains oil from the yard of Mercedes Jimenez in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, in 2008. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has sided squarely with the 30,000 plaintiffs, Indians and colonists in a class-action lawsuit, dubbed an Amazon Chernobyl by environmentalists, over the slow poisoning of a Rhode Island-sized expanse of rain forest. (Associated Press)

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