April 16, 2008

Amazon's oil-clean up battle boils

The 14-year old toxic clean-up battle in the Amazon jungle reached a new boiling point when a prestigious environmental award drew the ire of Chevron, the defendant against the ongoing $16bn lawsuit filed by the Amazon Defense Coalition, which represents 80 Ecuadorian communities and five indigenous groups in the class-action suit.

This year, two recipients of the $150,000 annual Goldman Environmental Award - considered the green equivalent of Oscar Academy - were Pablo Fajardo, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, and Luis Yanza, who represents the Coalition.

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