OIL and MINING and DISASTER
February 24, 2011
Our environmental video trilogy PROPHECY&POLLUTION
has published for free viewing on YouTube:
Our educational video entitled PROPHECY and POLLUTION (80 minutes) is a trilogy of three videos which developed one by one over the course of almost fifty years following indigenous resistance against oil and mining.
Our educational film PROPHECY&POLLUTION has been honored
at the 2014 International Film Festival of Health, Environment, and Cultlure.
Available for download or DVD,
PROPHECY&POLLUTION educational expose’ of exploitation history:
Available for cheap download:
>AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A HOPI (1970) documentary (9 minutes)
This opening video in the trilogy is a documentary which has received numerous festival Honors and was a National Short Film Finalist:
>EARTH SPIRIT (2008) docudrama (35 minutes)
This second video is a docudrama which combines with the first video to form our longer educational short TECHQUA IKACHI (44 minutes) which has received numerous festival Honors, including the Neptune Award at the Moondance International Film Festival:
>THIRD WORLD INVESTMENT SEMINAR (2010) animation & doc (36 min.)
This third and final video in the trilogy completed production in 2010 as a short on pollution:
For more background, see also:
On Monday, the court in Lago Agrio ruled in favor of Ecuador and decided that the Chevron Corp. will be forced to pay $8.6 billion in damages. The company is accused of polluting the rain forest in Ecuador for more than three decades while Texaco Inc., now owned by Chevron Corp., drilled for oil in the area.
Since 1993, Ecuador has filed lawsuits and demanded that the oil company pay for destroying the jungle, polluting the local environment and damaging the health of natives. Chevron’s response to the lawsuit has been negative. They claim that the current judgment is “illegitimate” and will continue to fight the fines awarded to Ecuador by the court.
This is not the first battle between a local area and an oil company. The positive results of the Ecuador lawsuit may provide hope for current environmental litigation. The lawsuits present new challenges to court systems. Cases are often complicated by extended litigation and a lack of comprehensive international environmental laws.
The Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp. lawsuit is still in progress. The small city of Kivalina, Alaska, filed their initial lawsuit in 2008. They claimed that dozens of oil companies were responsible for the erosion of their land by contributing to global warming. The plaintiffs asked for $400 million in damages due to climate change. Although the original case was dismissed, an appeal was filed, and it is still pending. The Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) has filed a brief urging a rejection of the appeal based on the controversial matter involved in the litigation. The Kivalina case reveals the complexities of assigning blame for global issues.
The 2010 BP oil spill has produced more than 300 lawsuits. The cases involve a range of plaintiffs. Businesses and local fishermen have created claims against BP. Resorts and hotels have joined because of lost business. In addition, investors have joined suits claiming the oil company committed fraud. The consolidation of many lawsuits occurred last year, but the cases have not ended. Plaintiffs hope that the oil company will continue to pay for damages they caused by spilling more than 4 million barrels of oil. The results of the case against Chevron in Ecuador will probably encourage and motivate plaintiffs.
The favorable ruling in Ecuador could be a positive indicator for other lawsuits against oil companies. The public is demanding that oil companies take responsibility for the pollution they have created, and the court systems appear to be listening. Environmental law will continue to be at the forefront of litigation.
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