CBC goes to court to get Chevron to unseal documents in $9.5B US environmental battle – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 16, 2018198 Views

International legal fight has spanned at least 5 countries over 25 years

Apr 16, 2018

CBC News has filed a motion to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to force Chevron Corp. to unseal court records in a decades-long environmental battle with approximately 30,000 Indigenous Ecuadorian villagers.

An appeal hearing in Toronto on Tuesday will continue to hear arguments with significant implications and will raise the question of what responsibility Canadian corporations have for possible harm caused abroad by their corporate affiliates.

The case, first launched in 1993, has moved through three countries and many courts. The villagers initially alleged years of oil drilling contaminated their water and soil. An Ecuadorian court awarded them $18.2 billion after 18 years; that amount was later reduced to $9.5 billion.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/chevon-lawsuit-ecuador-environment-rights-1.4619170

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