18 billion gallons of toxic waste. Thanks, Chevron!

Via on Oct 15, 2010
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See how toxic waste pits built by Texaco (now Chevron) around the company’s oil drilling sites in Ecuador are designed to pollute, and continue to spread oil contamination in the Amazon rainforest environment. Amazon Watch‘s Mitch Anderson & Amazon Defense Coalition’s Donald Moncayo visit a large waste pit at ‘Agua Rico 4′ oil well in northeastern Ecuador and illustrate how an overflow pipe allows toxins to flow out of an abandoned toxic waste pit when it rains (which it frequently does) and into nearby streams and rivers depended upon by thousands of local residents for drinking and bathing.

Read more about this oil disaster–and how you can take action via ChevronToxaco and other means–on my blog, I Count for myEARTH.

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A pipe to drain crude contamination from open toxic pools into waterways near Lago Agrio, Ecuador. The toxic pools in the Ecuadorean Amazon rainforest were abandoned by Texaco (now Chevron) after oil drilling operations ended in 1990 and were never remediated. Photo by Caroline Bennett

About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger lives in Chicagoland with her son, husband and two cats. She loves sunrises, running, yoga, chocolate, and NYR, and has a voracious appetite for comedy. In her spare time, she blogs at myEARTH360.com and LynnHasselberger.com. A "Green Diva" and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr & @myEARTH360) and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.

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2 Responses to “18 billion gallons of toxic waste. Thanks, Chevron!”

  1. Han Shan says:

    For more information on Amazon Watch's Clean Up Ecuador Campaign (and to help), visit http://ChevronToxico.com

    Thanks for this Lynn!

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