Will Chevron’s Ecuadorian Victims Find Justice in Canadian Courts?

Chevron, which has so far evaded fiscal redress for its toxic legacy in Ecuador referred to by some as ‘Chernobyl in the Amazon,’ may be seeing its fortune start to change.

In Ontario appeals court ruled Tuesday (pdf) that indigenous and farmer communities in Ecuador can seek enforcement in Canada of $9.5 billion owed to them by Chevron—one of the largest corporations in the world—for decades of contamination and pollution of the Lago Agrio region in northeastern Ecuador, which has led to a spike in cancer, reported birth defects and ongoing devastation of the environment.

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