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After Canadian Court Ruling, Has Law 'Finally Caught Up With Chevron'?


After Canadian Court Ruling, Has Law 'Finally Caught Up With Chevron'?

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

In a unanimous ruling hailed as "a major victory for human rights and corporate accountability," the Canadian Supreme Court declared on Friday that a group of Ecuadorian villagers can pursue a multi-billion pollution lawsuit against oil giant Chevron in the province of Ontario.

"The law has finally caught up with Chevron," the nonprofit Amazon Watch said in a press statement.


One wonders as to the one world corporate government's fondness for trade deals that allow corporations to prevent the enforcement of a nation's laws as impediments to trade - whether the reverse can also happen where the same trade deal permits a jurisdictional uniformity where any nation party to such a trade deal may sue for redress from the corporations. Then Chevron's seeking to evade responsibility through jurisdictional challenges would be invalid out of hand. Perhaps the legality of such trade agreements might even be challenged as stratagems merely to evade legal responsibility if the courts of all the signee nations are not given equal jurisdiction?


The hideous contempt for people and the environment shown by Chevron in this case and all the other numerous cases of such contempt by all the other oil&gas corporations MUST be ended by robust prosecutions of not only the corporation, but the individuals responsible locally AND the officers that allowed the crimes to take place - ignorance of the law no excuse - prison, corporate fines not pennies on the dollar, but far higher, loss of personal fortunes by those who profitted...and individuals cannot hide behind corporate "personhood" or influence.. A mechanism to identify, punish and remediate until such acts of depraved indifference are no more......


Now's the time for the indigenous of Latin America to demand justice for the environmental destruction and human rights violations incurred by Canadian industry - particularly the Canadian mining industry.


This one reason the Harper Government still tries to remake the structure of the Supreme Court here in Canada. Far too many rulings do not go his way.


We asked Portland Mayor Charlie Hales to divest City of Portland's Portfolio of Fossil Fuel Holdings (Chevron & Exxon) and during our petition drive he responded by agreeing to put a resolution before City Council not just to DIVEST but to declare a MORATORIUM on all future fossil fuel investments. Sign if you support that resolution. We have a Council to convince by Sept 23rd. You don't have to live in Portland to sign (and share). We encourage you to check your own City's portfolio.