Amazon Watch | 8 April 2015
Chevron’s secret videos show company technicians finding and mocking extensive oil contamination in Ecuador rainforest
"Pre-inspection" videos are further evidence of Chevron’s effort to corrupt Ecuador pollution trial
Oakland, CA – Internal Chevron videos of secret "pre-inspections" of well sites during the Ecuador pollution trial show company technicians finding and then mocking the extensive oil contamination in areas of the Amazon rainforest that the oil giant had claimed in various courts had been remediated, said the environmental and human rights advocacy group Amazon Watch.
An apparent Chevron whistleblower sent dozens of internal company videos to Amazon Watch with a note signed "A Friend from Chevron." Most of the videos – some of which can be seen on the Amazon Watch website – show Chevron employees and consultants secretly visiting the company’s former well sites in Ecuador to find "clean" spots where they could take soil and water samples at later site inspections when the presiding trial judge would be in attendance.
"This is smoking gun evidence of Chevron’s corruption caught on tape," said Kevin Koenig, Ecuador Program Director at Amazon Watch who has worked with the affected indigenous and farmer communities for two decades.
In the videos, Chevron employees and consultants can be heard joking about clearly visible pollution in soil samples being pulled out of the ground from waste pits that Chevron testified before both U.S. and Ecuadorian courts had been remediated in the mid-1990s. (Chevron bought Texaco in 2001 and is now liable for the company’s environmental problems.)
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