Chevron looking to fight Ecuador suit in US
July 20, 2009
The Wall Street Journal reports that Chevron Corporation, which is fighting a long-running environmental lawsuit in Ecuador, is planning to fight the case in the United States. In an ongoing suit in Ecuador, which has run for a decade and a half, locals charge that Chevron''s Texaco unit damaged their health by dumping billions of gallons of oil-laden water from 1972 to 1992, before turning over operations to state-run Petroecuador. A ruling has been expected some time this year, but the company has argued that public criticism of Chevron by Ecuador President Rafael Correa makes a fair trial impossible.