Friday, May 7, 2010

Another Ecuador CMHR Plug

I've featured this humanitarian crisis several times my site. I'll have to make an archive tab.

The low down: Ecuadorian natives living in lowland Amazonian rainforest have been involved in a class action lawsuit that has been stretched for nearly twenty years. Basically Texaco left open waste oil pits and dumped waste water all over the place, and have been claiming that the environment is safe.

Yeah we all believe this is completely safe to live by. Safe to drink too! Check this blog post.

It takes a new twist today involving a documentary film maker who has produced a film, nto suprisingly, in favour of the locals and against Texaco. Court has ordered prior to the release of this film, that they hand over all film (comprising over 600 hours) they recorded. This will allow the oil corporation to potentially mitigate the charges against them.

Of course, one may imagine just what they would deem libellous or false information if they claim that dumping oil into rivers means the water is still safe and drinkable.

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights needs to put this case up on their showfloor. I will repeat it for the I-don't-knowth-time now, I don't think Gail Asper or anyone else on that board have the balls to go against a multi-billion, probably trillion-dollar corporation.


Anonymous said...

Don't think Gail and the CMHR board want to be in the Greenpeace game. Not sure if it fits in the CMHR's scope of historical atrocities of death, murder, rape and general carnage and mayhem.

Maybe David Suzuki is the better way to go,. His daughter is following in his footsteps and she's fairly militant. Since this is more of an environmental disaster, perhaps a pretty face can get the ball rolling.

Ed said...

Which is why the CMHR will be irrelevant.

Mr.N, "historical atrocities of death, murder, rape and general carnage and mayhem." is a great way to describe the oil industry in developing countries.