The Toxic Tour

for IL / Il Sole 24 Ore

reportage photography, journalistic research and filmaking

From 1967 to 1997, the Nord American oil company Texaco extracted about 5,6 billion liters of oil in the Ecuadorean Amazon, generally known as “Est”. Texaco is now accused of discharging there 60,6 millions of liter of crude and 70,1 billions of toxic water, polluting 2,5 millions acres of land. In these lands cases of cancer and malformations exponentially increased with an amount above national average. Two native populations extincted during the oil extraction period and the presence of oil in rivers and lands is still verifiable. From 1993 local communities have started a legal battle generating one of biggest environmental actions ever celebrated in the world. The court of Lago Agrio sentenced Texaco have to pay about 9 Billions dollars to refound victims of pollution and restore the original eco-system.