Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Steven Donziger, a lawyer who represented indigenous Ecuadorian tribes in their lawsuit against the American oil company Chevron, and filmmaker Joe Berlinger discuss the documentary "Crude," about the lawsuit brought by the tribes, who alleged that their land, water and culture had been damaged by the policies of Texaco, which merged with Chevron in 2001. "Crude" opens Wednesday, September 9th, at IFC Center, at 323 Sixth Avenue at West 3rd Street.

Event: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky will appear in person for a special screening and discussion of their groundbreaking 1992 documentary "Brother's Keeper"
Tuesday, September 8th, at 8:00 pm
IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas at West 3rd Street
More information here.


Joe Berlinger and Steven Donziger,

Comments [6]

Byron Castro from waldwick, nj

I am glad there is a program, a radio station and a person as Leonard Lope, Mr. Steven Donziger and Joe Berlinger. Where, we ( countries & people with no power)have a place where can be exposed all the injustices originated by big corporations. I lived in Ecuador all my life, and I've been here (US) since 8 years ago. Oil companies, pharmaceuthics, multimillion companies have done the same as Chevron in Ecuador. These companies have to the small countries as their own farms. They use them and later discard.

Sep. 14 2009 11:12 PM
DAT from Nathan Straus Projects

I bought two tickets on the IFC, website to
see this documentary Crude tomorrow, at IFC.

$12.50 each.

John Perkins in his book Economic Hitmen,
did talk about how major corporations
exploited people.

Sep. 08 2009 04:09 PM
Paul I. Adujie from New York, New York

Peter... what is Texaco motive? Recklessness and carelessness and no motive at all!

These companies want to operate with minimal overhead costs or no costs at all... the bottom line is profits and they could care less the consequences to the local communities or populations...

Companies like Texaco/Chevron are also CERTAIN that no consequences will follow their egregious actions... I have been first hand witness to egregious misconduct by multinationals in Nigeria... as exampled by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Nigeria and sundry Oil companies... these companies as so disdainful of local peoples and local authorities and they are quick to malign local authorities who attempt, even feebly, to enforce the law... they are quick to castigate them as "socialists" "communists" nationalization re-distributionists etc

These oil companies have polluted farm lands, fishing waters and ruined local ecology.

And too often, the US government is pressured/lobbied into defending these unsavory companies and their irresponsible practices.

It is quite nice that this is finally getting a hearing/airing... thanks to WNYC!

Most sincerely,
Paul I. Adujie
New York

Sep. 08 2009 01:59 PM
Peter from New York City

Could either of the guests explain why Texaco would have deliberately polluted the rain forest, instead of diverting the heavy water back into the earth? I don't doubt that this occurred, but what could have been the motive?

Sep. 08 2009 01:46 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Just for clarity, when the guests mention "heavy water,' do they mean water with the hydrogen isotope deuterium (the technical meaning) or water that's "heavy" w/petroleum contaminants?

I'm glad the guests have fought these harmful practices & are exposing them!

Sep. 08 2009 01:46 PM
Paul I. Adujie from New York, New York

Thanks for your efforts Mr. Steven Donziger and Joe Berlinger.

Multinational oil companies are agents of pollution and environmental degradations. AND, this is not peculiar to Ecuador, it is the same in every developing countries where oil is produced. What is true of Ecuador is true and identical with Nigeria regarding pollution and environmental degradation by oil companies.

And the same arguments were employed by Pfizer... Pfizer argued in a Federal Court in New York that the United States did not have jurisdiction over it... as the use of toxic drugs by Pfizer which killed 13 children in Nigeria... and when the trial began in Nigeria, Pfizer again argued that Nigeria did not have jurisdiction over an American company or legal entity!

This is the same thing that Texaco/Chevron has done in Ecuador.

Then there is this treaty/protocol known as Extractive Protocol.... which seek to make oil companies follow good business practices... to be accountable and transparent... American oil companies refused to comply, and the Nigerian National Assembly the equivalent of the US Congress... held a public hearing, invited the American oil companies... and they all refused to attend as if they were above Nigerian laws!

And if and when any foreign government attempt to compel compliance? The American government is pressured and lobbied by oil conglomerates to pressure foreign government in order to avoid obeying local laws and respecting our environment or following best business practices.

This is sadly currently the way the world works! Sadly!

Most sincerely,
Paul I. Adujie
New York, United States

Sep. 08 2009 01:38 PM

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