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This interview started in San Ramon, Ca., where the Administrative
Headquarters of Chevron Texaco are located. A delegation of people from Amazon Watch are trying to meet with the CEO of Chevron Texaco,
David O'Reilly, to, yet again, get the company to clean up the toxic
waste they left behind. First you hear from John Dalrymple, Executive
Dir. of the Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County and Rabbi
Dan Goldblatt of Beth Chaim Congregation in San Ramon. They were
invited by Amazon Watch to visit Ecuador and the areas affected by
the devastation of oil drilling by Chevron Texaco. They were so
moved by the pain and suffering caused to the indigenous inhabitants--
the guardians of the forest-- that they wanted to support them in
their demands to the oil company based in their community to clean
up the toxic mess.
Next we hear from Rosa Moren Chalaco, a nurse from the
San Carlos community, Orellana, Ecuador about her experiences and the
details of the health effects on people of the area from the contamination
of oil and other toxic substances. Cancer and other sicknesses are
affecting a large proportion of people there. Toribio Aquinda, Delegate
of the National Cofan Indigenous Federation of Ecuador, also speaks
of his direct experience in his community and with the Ecuadorian government.
The very good news is that they had what seemed to be a positive meeting
with Chevron Texaco in San Ramon who finally said they would clean
up the mess. Leila Salazar, Clean Up Ecuador Campaign Organizer with
Amazon Watch, was the translator for these two people. http://www.amazonwatch.org/
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