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.