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Chevron, plaintiffs seek gains as verdict nears

As a verdict nears in the long-running environmental lawsuit against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador, both sides are ratcheting up the pressure.

This morning, a man who says oil field contamination in Ecuador's rain forest killed two of his children will try to meet with Chevron's new chief executive officer, John Watson. Together with some of his American supporters, Emergildo Criollo will go first to Watson's home in Lafayette, then to the company's headquarters in San Ramon, carrying with him petitions signed by 325,000 people asking Chevron to settle the suit.

San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dept. of Protests: Mountaintop removal edition


Editor's note: Yesterday, activists gathered outside of the EPA's Region III office at 16th and Arch to protest the truly hideous practice called mountaintop removal, in which coal companies literally dynamite mountains to gain easier access to the coal inside. We dispatched intern Emily Currier to the scene; she files this report:

Philadelphia City Paper
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Green Groups to Cameron: Be Our King of the Environment

James Cameron: nature filmmaker? It's a title even the director himself — a self-described tree hugger — might not have expected. After all, in his budget-busting moviemaking career, Cameron has engineered a planet-killing nuclear holocaust (The Terminator), created acid-blooded extraterrestrials (Aliens) and made a villain out of an iceberg (Titanic). His latest film, Avatar, the record-setting sci-fi epic filmed mostly with motion-capture cameras and computer graphics, is about as unnatural as a movie can get.

Time Magazine
Sunday, March 7, 2010

La Corte Federal de Nueva York falló contra Ecuador en el caso Chevron

Olga Imbaquingo. Corresponsal en Nueva York y Red. Sociedad

Leonard Sand, juez principal de la Corte Federal del Distrital de Nueva York, desestimó el pedido del Gobierno ecuatoriano y de los afectados de la Amazonia. Estos solicitaron que se suspendiera temporalmente el arbitraje que se sigue en la Corte Permanente de La Haya.

Un proceso de 14 años
El juicio contra la petrolera empezó el 3 de noviembre de 1995. Un grupo de colonos e indígenas afectados presentó una demanda en la Corte del Distrito Sur de Nueva York.

El Comercio
Friday, March 12, 2010

JP Morgan's War on Nature


How the Wall Street darling underwrites environmental Armageddon.

Mother Jones
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rainforest Action Network Statement on EPA’s New Guidance for Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (April 1, 2010) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today a major new guidance document that provides the coal industry and coal-state regulators with “clarity” regarding the permitting of mountaintop removal coal mining. This comes just days after the EPA blocked the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, the largest mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history. Following is a statement by Amanda Starbuck of the Rainforest Action Network.

Rainforest Action Network Statement on EPA Veto of Spruce Mine Permit

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Friday, March 26, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (September 10, 2009) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it intends to block the Clean Water Act permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, the largest mountaintop removal permit in West Virginia history. Following is a statement by Amanda Starbuck, Rainforest Action Network’s Global Finance Campaign Director.

Activists Risk Arrest with Elaborate Protest at EPA HQ; Demand Immediate Action to Stop Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

WASHINGTON- In an attempt to further pressure EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to enforce the Clean Water Act and halt mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR), activists early this morning erected two 20-foot-tall, purple tripod structures in front of the agency's headquarters.

Ecuadorean Indigenous Leader Asks CA Lawmakers for Support in Campaign to Demand Chevron Clean Up its Pollution in Amazon

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sacramento, CA – Today, an Indigenous leader from Ecuador is meeting with California legislators and asking for their support in a 16+ year campaign to demand Chevron remediate massive oil contamination affecting over 30,000 people. Emergildo Criollo has traveled from his home in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest region to deliver a direct message to Chevron’s new CEO John Watson, along with more than 325,000 petitions signed by people in over 150 countries, supporting his appeal.

More than 40 Rallied at EPA Today; Asking Agency to End Mountaintop Removal

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Monday, March 1, 2010

PHILADELPHIA— As part of a growing movement against the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining, dozens staged a rally today at Philadelphia’s EPA Region 3 building. Those in attendance were asking the EPA to take immediate action to veto new Mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining permits, which Region 3 is largely responsible for. The participants successfully met with EPA representative, Jeffrey Lapp, and delivered a letter to Shawn Garvin, the EPA’s regional administrator.