BY ELAINE MAGLIARO
Lindsay Abrams posted an interesting article about the Chevron Corporation at Salon yesterday. According to Abrams, one of the world’s largest oil companies is “desperate” to avoid paying billions of dollars in damages for the contamination in Ecuador’s rain forest caused by Texaco—which was absorbed by California-based Chevron in 2001. She said Chevron is SO desperate, in fact, that it is even going after a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist named Mark Fiore. Fiore claims that the oil company “has filed court documents over a satirical video he made in conjunction with the environmental nonprofit Amazon Watch.”
A little background on what Chevron is up to from Chevron Toxico (The Campaign for Justice in Ecuador) in 2011:
Victims of Chevron’s contamination from the region around oil boom-town Coca learn the news that the oil giant is suing them, accusing them of racketeering and extortion for their efforts to hold the company accountable for its abuses.
On February 2nd, Chevron filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against the 47 “named plaintiffs” in the monumental environmental lawsuit against the company demanding cleanup of its contamination of their land in Ecuador’s Amazon region.
On a blog post dated February 4, 2014, Fiore wrote that Chevron had added “’web videos’ and ‘cartoons’ to the list of ways they have been injured by the evil conspiracy of people extorting them…” On the same day, Fiore also wrote the following:
Chevron was sued by villagers in Ecuador for leaving toxic waste all over the jungle. Chevron lost the case and was hit with a multi-billion dollar judgment. Chevron appealed and lost that, too. Then, Chevron filed RICO charges against the villagers and the lead attorney on the case. You know, accusing them of racketeering and being involved in a huge conspiracy to clean up the jungle extort money from Chevron. No WONDER the Chevron lawyers make the big bucks! Very creative guys.
Here is the video Fiore made in conjunction with Amazon Watch that Chevron has claimed has “injured’ the company:
Donny Rico & Chevron make it a crime to defend the environment.
An Oil Company Just Spilled the First Amendment (Jonathan Turley)
Victims of Chevron’s Contamination React to Being Sued by Company (Chevron Toxico)
Cartoon “injures” Chevron: Update (Mark Fiore)