For over four decades, Indigenous communities have witnessed multinational oil companies cut through their ancestral lands in search of the country's vast petroleum resources. According to the report "Amazon Crude", Texaco alone was responsible for dumping 19 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into the region while drilling for oil, contaminating the drinking water of Ecuador's Amazon communities.
When Chevron acquired Texaco in 2001, the new company became accountable for all of Texaco's liabilities.
Because Texaco contaminated the groundwater and soil, harmful effects spanned the entire ecosystem, including endangering the lives of more than 125,000 indigenous men, women and children who drink, bathe, fish and wash their clothes in tainted headwaters of the Amazon River.
Chevron is responsible for endangering one of the most biologically-diverse areas on the planet, but they also violated basic human rights to health, sanitation and a clean environment.
The company can play a role in transforming the Amazon, but it must start now.
Sign the petition to below to demand Chevron's Board of Directors respond to environmental and health concerns in Ecuador.
As you know, between 1972 and 1992, Texaco and Petroecuador extracted over 1.4 billion barrels of oil from the Ecuadorian Amazon. As operating partner, Texaco designed, built and managed all exploration, extraction and transportation facilities. During this time, an estimated 19 million gallons of oil were spilled from the trans-Ecuadorian pipeline, almost double the amount of the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska. Texaco also systematically dumped an estimated 18.5 billion gallons of toxic wastewaters into open, unlined pits, waterways and wetlands. By comparison, it was standard, safer practice in the U.S. to re-inject such waters into the ground. In 1998, Texaco conducted a limited cleanup through an agreement with the Ecuadorian government, but its effectiveness is being challenged. Meanwhile, several medical studies relate the devastating health impacts that this widespread pollution has had on the communities living near the areas operated by Texaco.
When Chevron merged with Texaco in 2001, the new company became accountable for Texaco's liabilities. Shareholders have asked you to report on new initiatives by management to address the health and environmental concerns of the communities affected by oil-related contamination in the area where Texaco operated in Ecuador. As a Board Member, you can take the necessary steps to ensure that the company undertakes such a report.
I urge you to take a personal interest in this case to restore the health and environment of the communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon and ensure that this disgraceful chapter in the history of your company never repeats itself.
Please keep me informed of your endeavors in the matter.