Paul M. Barrett, author of the upcoming Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win, writes Ecuador’s Pricey PR Fuels Fight Against Chevron in Pollution Case:
Overall as a nation, Ecuador profited from Texaco’s misconduct, even as some of its poorest citizens, who lived in close proximity to the oil operations, suffered terribly. For a quarter century, Ecuador has made environmental matters worse in its oil zone while insisting that only Chevron is to blame. The FARA filings show Quito spending millions to promote anti-Chevron protests and issue anti-Chevron press releases in what looks to be a campaign to distract attention from that country’s duty to help its own people.
Meanwhile, Ecuador is supposedly spending US$1billion on building a research university and city in the middle of a remote pasture and it’ll call it Yachay, the City of Knowledge:
It’s almost two hours from Quito and a half-hour from a town of any size.
The politicians, consultants and contractors will do very well indeed.