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Ecuadorian Court Confirms $18 Billion Chevron Damage Award

Environment News Service

LAGO AGRIO, Ecuador, January 4, 2012 (ENS) - A court of appeals in Ecuador has upheld an $18 billion damage award issued by a lower court in February against U.S. oil giant Chevron for contamination of the Ecuadorian rainforest by its subsidiary Texaco Petroleum.

After reviewing the 220,000 page trial record for 11 months, the three-member appellate panel in the Provincial Court of Justice of Sucumbios in Lago Agrio ruled Tuesday that laboratory results confirm that pollution existed at Texaco's former well sites hundreds of times higher than permissible norms in Ecuador.

Chevron purchased Texaco in 2001, so the plaintiffs consider Chevron responsible for Texaco's liabilities incurred prior to the purchase.

"This decision confirms what we have been saying for years," said Pablo Fajardo, the lead Ecuadorian lawyer. "Chevron is guilty of extraordinary greed and criminal misconduct that has created a humanitarian crisis in Ecuador that puts thousands of people at risk."

Posted Date: 
5 January 2012

Shell and The Children of Lir

Kevin G - Erris News December 2011

According to Shell’s latest Corrib Gas update, The tunnel boring machine (TBM) that is planned to tunnel under Sruwadducon Bay  has been named ‘Fionnuala’ in ‘honour’ of the children of Lir.

Children of Lir statue at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin

Posted Date: 
11 December 2011

‘Rape-tape’ sergeant awarded €33,000 in unrelated defamation case

Issued by Shell to Sea - Saturday, December 10th, 2011

The Garda Sergeant who was recorded saying, “Give me your name and address or I’ll rape you!” last March has been awarded €33,000 plus legal costs for alleged damage to his reputation in an unrelated defamation case against fisherman and Shell to Sea campaigner Pat ‘The Chief’ O’Donnell.


James Gill, a former Garda Sergeant, claimed that O’Donnell – star of the award-winning documentary ‘The Pipe’ – had said during a Corrib Gas protest on November 3rd 2006,  that Gill had stolen diesel and smuggled tyres. Gill claimed that these comments had exacerbated a pre-existing gastric condition and had caused him psychological injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Mr O’Donnell denied the claim and told the court he had been speaking about diesel that had been stolen from him in 1997 or 1998 which had remained unsolved but that his comments weren’t directed at Mr Gill.

Who is to blame for RTÉ’s false claim that the ‘rape tape’ was ‘tampered with’?

William Hederman -

Just before its main evening television news programmes this evening (December 7th, 2011), RTÉ will broadcast what campaigners are calling an “apology” for its coverage of the so-called “rape tape” saga. RTÉ have pointed out that it is in fact a “correction” rather than an apology, but it amounts to the same thing.

The station was ordered to broadcast this “correction” by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) because a report by its crime correspondent Paul Reynolds on July 28th 2011 was “inaccurate”, “unfair” and “harmful” to Jerrie Ann Sullivan. She is one of the women whose arrest last March led to a Garda sergeant and his colleagues joking about threatening to rape the women who were then in their custody.

Posted Date: 
7 December 2011

Understanding tonights RTE apology for bias in Corrib gas dispute

Andrew Flood -

Station’s crime correspondent Paul Reynolds falsely reported that recording of Garda rape conversation was ‘tampered with’

Shell to Sea has revealed that RTÉ is being compelled to broadcast an apology ahead of Wednesday's Six-One and Nine O’Clock TV news programmes, as a result of RTÉ's biased coverage of Shell's attempt to build an experimental gas pipeline and refinery in Erris. In this specific case, RTÉ chose to ignore the facts as explained to them by Shell to Sea around technical issues concerning the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) investigation into the conversation Garda had about threatening to rape two women Shell to Sea campaigners they had arrested in April this year. RTÉ instead reported as fact the false suggestions of Justice Minister Alan Shatter, that part of the recording of the arrest had been deleted. 

Posted Date: 
7 December 2011
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