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Chevron Refuses to Apologize for Ecuador Pollution

Latin American Herald Times
Feb. 5, 2012 

The refusal doubles the damages award to more than $18 billion in a long-running court battle pitting the company against plaintiffs representing some 30,000 Amazon peasants and Indians.

QUITO – U.S. oil supermajor Chevron Corp. refused to issue a public apology for pollution in Ecuador’s Amazon region before a court-imposed deadline, saying it is not responsible for toxic drilling waste that has spoiled ecosystems and harmed local communities’ health.

The refusal doubles the damages award to more than $18 billion in a long-running court battle pitting the company against plaintiffs representing some 30,000 Amazon peasants and Indians.

Chevron’s position merely demonstrates its “arrogance and high-handedness” in the face of a clear-cut verdict, plaintiffs’ attorney Pablo Fajardo said on Friday, referring to two court decisions handed down against the U.S. multinational in the northeastern Ecuadorian province of Sucumbios.

Chevron has appealed a January ruling by the appellate court of Lago Agrio, Sucumbios, to the National Court of Justice in Quito – Ecuador’s highest tribunal – and is also attempting to block plaintiffs’ attempts to collect on the damages award through separate court battles in the United States and The Hague, Netherlands.

James Craig, the company’s spokesman, said in a statement that heeding the court’s order to apologize for the pollution would be tantamount to admitting responsibility for environmental impacts that the company did not cause.

He said the rulings in Ecuador violate international standards of due process and that Chevron is well positioned to defend itself on multiple fronts against any attempt to enforce a “corrupt” sentence.

The U.S. company had until Friday to apologize for environmental damage that the Sucumbios courts ruled Texaco (acquired in 2001 by Chevron) caused between 1964 and 1990.

In the appeals court ruling in January, Chevron was ordered to pay $9.5 billion in remediation costs and plaintiff damages and an additional $8.6 billion if it refused to apologize to the affected communities.

In total, Chevron must pay more than $18 billion for “the serious environmental damage” Texaco caused in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Fajardo said.

Full Article Here – http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=468139&CategoryId=10718 

Three Tibetans self-immolate in western China: report

Feb. 5, 2012

BEIJING (Reuters) – Three Tibetans in southwestern China have set themselves ablaze in protest against Chinese rule, Radio Free Asia reported, the latest in a series of self-immolations over the past year.

The three set themselves on fire on Friday in Seda county, known as Serthar in Tibetan, in Sichuan province, calling for freedom for Tibet and the return of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, the U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia broadcast and online news service said on Saturday, citing three sources, one of whom is in exile.

One person died at the scene, while the other two — Tsaptsai Tsering, 60, and Kyarel, 30 — were seriously injured, it said, citing unidentified sources. It said it could not identify the dead person.

Seda was among the three sites of violent clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Sichuan in late January that marked the bloodiest spate of Tibetan-linked violence in China since early 2008. Riots and protests erupted then in Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, and spread to other restive regions in China’s western border regions including Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu provinces.

Calls to officials in Seda county were unanswered on Sunday.

If the latest incident is confirmed, at least 13 of the 19 Tibetans who have self-immolated in the past 11 months — most of whom were Buddhist monks and nuns — are believed to have died.

For the Chinese government, the self-immolations are a small but destabilizing challenge to its regional policies, which it says have lifted Tibetans out of poverty and servitude.

China has branded the immolators as terrorists and blamed Tibetan separatist forces for fomenting hatred among the people.

Security forces have clamped down on the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan areas of China, setting up road blocks and cutting off some communications, making it impossible for journalists and others to independently verify conflicting accounts.

Tibetan advocacy groups say as many as seven Tibetans were shot dead and dozens wounded during the protests in January. China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that police fired in self-defense on “mobs” that stormed police stations.

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/three-tibetans-self-immolate-western-china-report-065614130.html