Rainforest Action Network pushes for Chevron to clean up Amazon spill

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From Green Right Now Reports

Rainforest Action Network, in solidarity with the 30,000 Ecuadorians affected by Chevron’s oil pollution in the Amazon, issued an open letter last week calling on Americans to pressure the oil giant to accept responsibility for the damages and begin reparation efforts.

On Monday, a group of climbers with RAN scaled precarious heights to dangle a 50-foot banner reading “Chevron Guilty, Clean Up Amazon” from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, near Chevron’s Richmond, Calif., refinery.

Chevron executives, though, don’t think the company is guilty, even though this February an Ecuadorian court ordered it to pay $18 million in compensatory and punitive damages for the more than one billion gallons of toxic water it dumped into rivers, poisoning the native people and causing irrevocable damage to their way of life. The legal battle, documented in the film CRUDE, has continued with no end in sight.

Now, a day away from Chevron’s annual shareholder meeting, RAN activists hope to galvanize support for the Ecuadoreans still fighting for justice. Ginger Cassady, director of RAN’s Change Chevron campaign, will appear, along with a group of Ecuadoreans, at the meeting on Wednesday to speak and deliver a signed petition.

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