Ecuador Court Fines Chevron In Environmental Case A judge in Ecuador has ordered Chevron to pay $9.5 billion in damages and cleanup costs. The court ruled the oil giant was responsible for contaminating a large swath of Amazonian jungle. Chevron said it will appeal.
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Ecuador Court Fines Chevron In Environmental Case

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Ecuador Court Fines Chevron In Environmental Case

Ecuador Court Fines Chevron In Environmental Case

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A judge in Ecuador has ordered Chevron to pay $9.5 billion in damages and cleanup costs. The court ruled the oil giant was responsible for contaminating a large swath of Amazonian jungle. Chevron said it will appeal.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

NPR's Juan Forero has more.

JUAN FORERO: Judge Nicolas Zambrano ruled that Chevron was liable for pollution caused by Texaco, which produced oil in Ecuador for 18 years and was acquired by Chevron in 2001. The decision was a milestone in a lawsuit that began in 1993 in a New York court and that is being watched by oil companies the world over.

PABLO FAJARDO: (Foreign language spoken)

FORERO: Still for some, the ruling was significant. Kevin Koenig, an environmentalist with Amazon Watch in Ecuador, has been closely following the case.

KEVIN KOENIG: I think that today's verdict really sends a message to the world and to the company and its stockholders that this is real, there's finally a decision, the evidence speaks for itself.

FORERO: Juan Forero, NPR News, Bogota.

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