- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 20, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Your April 8 editorial (“More fraud in Ecuador?”) about the environmental lawsuit against Chevron failed to reveal the real fraud in the Amazonian rainforest. For more than a decade, Chevron has pointed to Texaco’s supposed “remediation” of the region in the mid-1990s as its primary legal defense that it has discharged any duty that it had to clean up the rainforest.

However, contamination results submitted to the Ecuadorian court by Chevron itself show illegal levels of contamination dangerous to human health and the environment at the very pits Texaco said it cleaned. The researcher’s statements referenced by your editorial are inaccurate and contradict not only the researcher’s own findings and the plaintiffs’ separate findings, but Chevron’s as well. He told the New York Times: “(Chevron’s) defense is a lot like the tobacco industry saying there is no evidence linking smoking and lung cancer.” If the researcher believes the oil pits are not contaminated and are not harmful then why did he wait six years to speak up and why did he compare the health impacts of the contamination to smoking and cancer?

KAREN HINTON

Spokesman, Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington

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