Ecuador: Bringing the Behemoth to Book by Ivan Kashinsky

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Marcos Jimenez, his wife, and his children, Karen (6), Stiven (3), and Jibran (3), stand in front of a pool of waste left by Texaco at well Shushufindi 61. The pool is on his property. Petro Ecuador has offered to clean the pool but he will not sign the authorization because he wants to be compensated with money for the damage that has been done.  Texaco left 916 open pools of waste, many of which are still abandoned. A class action lawsuit was brought against US multinational oil giant Texaco (acquired by Chevron in 2001) by more than 30,000 Ecuadorians. The case has been in the Ecuadorian courts since 2003 and relates to the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic materials into unlined pits and Amazonian rivers. In February 2011 the court ruled that Chevron should pay a fine totalling 9.5 billion USD. However, Chevron has stated that the ruling is 'illegitimate and unenforceable' and has started numerous counter proceedings in US courts. There is some doubt as to whether it will be possible to force Texaco to pay the fine.