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Amazon Watch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- MEDIA ADVISORY 2003-10-20

Contacts: Shannon Wright, 415-487-9600 or 310-420-8245 (cell)
Leila Salazar, on site at protests, 310-420-7575

Historic Trial Against ChevronTexaco Begins Tomorrow In Ecuador; Protests At Company’s Headquarters in California

30,000 Rainforest Peoples Against The Company, Demanding A Full Cleanup of Extensive Pollution In Ecuadorian Amazon

First Time U.S. Oil Company Forced To Face Judgment In Ecuador Court

Indigenous Leader and Plaintiff In San Francisco Today, Calls For Protests At Company’s Headquarters Tomorrow

---Video footage & digital photos of trial and damaged areas to be available---

---Entrevistas en Espanol---

EVENTS:

Protests at ChevronTexaco
Tuesday, October 21, 9 AM & 12 NOON,
ChevronTexaco Corporate Headquarters, 6001 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA(Off I-680)
-- Local San Ramon residents and Bay Areas human rights and environmental advocates will hold a colorful demonstration outside company’s offices to mark trial’s start in Ecuador and to support the rainforest plaintiffs’ demands.

Trial Against ChevronTexaco Starts in Ecuador
Tuesday, October 22,
Court House, Lago Agrio, Amazon Region, Ecuador. To last 6 days.
-- Footage, testimonies, digital photos will be made available to media.
Interviews with plaintiffs, attorney, environmental organizations, and expert witnesses may be arranged.

ABOUT THE TRIAL
In this landmark lawsuit, rainforest peoples charge ChevronTexaco with systematically destroying their homeland through massive dumping of highly toxic wastewater and crude oil over the two decades of the company’s operations in Ecuador, which ended in 1991. The case will be heard in a small courthouse in Lago Agrio, a remote town in the heart of Ecuador’s oil operations. A US judge has compelled ChevronTexaco to abide by the Ecuadorian judgment. For additional information, please contact us directly and visit www.amazonwatch.org.
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