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Amazon Crude

Synopsis
Scott Pelley reports on a multi-billion dollar lawsuit over oil drilling pollution. Chevron is America’s third largest company behind ExxonMobil and WalMart. One way it became that big was by buying Texaco in 2001. Now, that purchase of Texaco has pulled Chevron into a titanic struggle in the Amazon. The people who live in a remote region of Ecuador are suing Chevron, saying reckless oil exploration poisoned the most important rain forest on earth.

Soon, a judge in a tiny Ecuadorian courtroom will decide whether the oil company must pay as much as $27 billion in damages. That would make it the largest environmental lawsuit in history. Almost everything is in dispute in this bitter struggle except one thing: powering American cars with Amazon crude has left a toxic legacy.
Series
60 Minutes, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2009
Year of production
2009
Notes
The film CRUDE, directed by Joe Berlinger,was based on this legal case.
Subjects
Environmental science; Law
Keywords
Amazon river; law; legal issues; oil spills; oil wells; pollution; rain forests

Online availability

URI
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/05/01/60minutes/main4983549.shtml
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Contributor
Scott Pelley

Production Company

Name

CBS News

Web
http://www.cbsnews.com/ External site opens in new window

Distributor

Name

cbsnews.com

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