- The Washington Times - Monday, February 9, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The article on Chevron’s lobbying campaign to cancel trade preferences for Ecuador (“Chevron urges U.S. to revoke Ecuador trade,” Nation, Thursday) contains inaccuracies put forth by the oil company - a tactic Chevron has been using all too often recently to try to undermine a lawsuit over environmental contamination. Chevron wants Congress to revoke Ecuador’s trade benefits as “punishment” for a lawsuit filed not by the government, but by 30,000 private citizens who live in an area of rain forest the size of Rhode Island where Texaco (now Chevron) operated from 1964 to 1990.

A U.S. federal judge transferred the lawsuit, filed by the Ecuadorians in 1993, to Ecuador at the request of Chevron. At the time, Chevron submitted 10 sworn affidavits from jurists praising the fairness of Ecuador’s courts. Once the trial began and the evidence pointed to Chevron’s culpability, the company reversed course and claimed Ecuador’s courts were biased. Funds generated from the case would be used almost entirely for environmental cleanup from the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic “water of formation” and the abandonment of more than 900 waste pits. Chevron should respect the rule of law and let the trial it sought in courts it praised conclude without political interference.

KAREN HINTON

U.S. spokesperson

Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington

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