Thursday, January 23, 1997 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Detroit Newspaper Strikers Launch National Civil...
1997-01-23

Ecuador Reverses Its Position in Texaco Case, Supports Indians

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
DONATE →
This is viewer supported news

For the first time, and over strenuous objections from the Clinton administration, a foreign government is suing a US oil company in an American court over environmental destruction in its homeland. The government of Ecuador recently reversed its position on the landmark case, Aguinda v. Texaco, and filed papers on the side of Ecuadorian Indians in the US District Court in White Plains, NY. The Indians say they suffer from severe medical problems as a result of Texaco’s oil drilling in the lush rain forest region of Oriente. Texaco, which has just settled a hundred million dollar race discrimination lawsuit, denies the charges.

GUESTS:

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ECUADOR LEONIDAS PLAZAVERDUGA, who is visiting the United States.

CRISTOBAL BONIFAZ, the lead attorney representing the Ecuadorian Indians and a native Ecuadorian.

Recent Shows More

Full News Hour

Stories


Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.