Last year, Chevron had its most profitable year ever, but that profit comes at a horrendous cost to the environment and to people throughout the world, according to a report by The True Cost Of Chevron. In Ecuador for instance,
For over three decades, Chevron chose profit over people.
While drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon from 1964 to 1990, Texaco – which merged with Chevron in 2001 – deliberately dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater, spilled roughly 17 million gallons of crude oil, and left hazardous waste in hundreds of open pits dug out of the forest floor. To save money, Texaco chose to use environmental practices that were obsolete, did not meet industry standards, and were illegal in Ecuador and the United States.
The result was, and continues to be, one of the worst environmental disasters on the planet. Contamination of soil, groundwater, and surface streams has caused local indigenous and campesino people to suffer a wave of mouth, stomach and uterine cancer, birth defects, and spontaneous miscarriages. Chevron has never cleaned up the mess it inherited, and its oil wastes continue to poison the rainforest ecosystem.
In Kazakhstan there are stillborn babies, in Nigeria, babies drink contaminated water, in the U.S. children’s asthma rates soar. The impact on health to people living near Chevron facilities throughout the world is horrendous. Major kudos to The True Cost Of Chevron for producing this alternate corporate report and advertising campaign in conjunction with Chevron’s annual meeting being held in California this week.