From 1967 to 1997, the North American oil company Texaco extracted about 5,6 billion liters of oil in the Amazon of Ecuador, generally known as “East”.
Texaco is now accused of dumping 60,6 million liters of crude oil and 70,1 billion liters of toxic water, polluting 2,5 million acres of land. On these soils, cases of cancer and malformations have increased exponentially above the national average.
Two indigenous populations became extinct during the period of oil extraction and the presence of oil in rivers and soil can still be observed.
Since 1993, local communities began a legal battle, generating one of the largest environmental actions ever occurred. The court of Lago Agrio ruled that Texaco must pay approximately $9 billion to refund the victims of the pollution and restore the original ecosystem.