Lost in the flurry of lawsuits around the matter of Chevron oil production operations in Ecuador until 1992, – including Ecuador’s claim that Chevron did not clean up the land, and Chevron’s counter that it not only did clean up the land used, but that Ecuador’s state-run oil company Petroecuador took over the pits and caused many oil spills from 1992 to this year – is the really damning video showing the now-famous lawyer that spearheaded the initial lawsuit against Chevron, Steve Donziger, saying on camera that while they don’t really have evidence to pin on Chevron that the company polluted the land, they can take the finding of oil right below the oil pits themselves (which one expects to see), and “extrapolate” that to make it look to the Ecuador Court like it was true groundwater contamination.
Then Donziger says that it’s Ecuador and you can do this, and that what they’re presenting is all “Smoke and mirrors and bullshit.” This is the video that sparked Chevron’s lawsuit against Donziger, and against Dr. Ann Maest, who’s in the video sitting next to Steve, and telling him what her data shows and saying that’s not enough to nail Chevron.
What’s forgotten in all of this, is that the pits were taken over by Ecuador for oil production. But details like that would ruin Donziger’s case, so don’t bother telling him. But it’s important, and a key reason a U.S. District Court judge motioned to prevent Ecuador from collecting the $18 billion claim against Chevron – because the Ecuador court decision was based on this fraudulently assembled case.