Crude (2009)

Dandelion Salad

Note: replaced video June 30, 2012

Chevron's Toxic Legacy in Ecuador's Amazon

Image by Rainforest Action Network via Flickr

From Wikipedia:

Crude is a 2009 American documentary film directed and produced by Joe Berlinger.[1] It follows a two year portion of an ongoing class action lawsuit against the Chevron Corporation in Ecuador.

The film follows the progress during 2006 and 2007 of a $27 billion legal case brought against the Chevron Corporation following the drilling of the Lago Agrio oil field, a case also known as the “Amazon Chernobyl”.

The plaintiffs of the class action lawsuit are 30,000 Ecuadorians living in the Amazonian rainforest they claim has been polluted by the oil industry. In addition to the legal struggle, Crude shows interviews from both sides, and explores the influence of media support, celebrity activism, the power of multinational corporations, the shifting power in Ecuadorian politics, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures on the case.

The film concludes with the prediction that the legal case will not be resolved for another decade or so.


on Jan 15, 2012


From the archives:

Greg Palast: Ecuador- The Presidential Interview (2008)

Tony Hall: Global Capitalism and Imperialism, interviewed by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds

The goal? Corporate domination of resources and markets with expanding militarism by Bruce Gagnon

Toxicologist Riki Ott: Serious Health Risks in Gulf of Mexico + Gina Solomon on Dangerous Lack of Seafood Testing

Energy crisis: Turning-point of humanity By Rudo de Ruijter

Imperialism 101 – Chapter 1 of Against Empire by Michael Parenti (1995)

Chevron’s “Crude” Attempt to Suppress Free Speech by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

Avatar is real: Pandora is in Central and South America by Carlos A. Quiroz

Rodrigo Vazquez: This Land is our Land

Rafael Correa on Global Capitalism

Burma is Nigeria, and Chevron is Both by Malcolm

The Burmese Regime’s Lifeline – Chevron’s Pipeline By Amy Goodman

Ecuador: The Tribes vs. Chevron-Texaco + Ecuador wants money not to drill in Amazon

Ecuador: Rumble in the Jungle (videos; Palast)