The Amazon Defense Front awaits the decision of the Ontario-Canada Court of Appeals on the Chevron Texaco case.
After the hearings held on April 17 and 18, the Canadian justice system will issue the sentence in 45 days, that is, at the end of May.
In the judicial proceeding two issues were addressed: Recognize the validity of the ruling issued by the Ecuadorian justice in 2013. The same that determined to comply with an environmental repair of $ 12,000 million.
Patricio Salazar, lawyer of the Amazon Defense Front, said that at the hearing it was made clear that: “The legitimacy of the sentence is not in dispute, because it was issued by a sovereign country, it is enforceable under private international law.”
The second point is the possibility of whether the assets of Chevron Canada, wholly-owned subsidiary of Chevron, can be seized so that the company complies with the ruling ordering the remediation.
Once the three magistrates in charge of the case resolve, both parties will have the opportunity to appeal that decision before the Superior Court.
“We are very optimistic about the resolution that is taken because the questions they asked were quite obvious and the Chevron lawyers could not answer the questions of the magistrates. We are very sure that we will have a favorable result, “said lawyer Salazar.
At the audience, some indigenous Ecuadorian and mestizo leaders were in traditional dress.
Also, indigenous representatives of Canada who came in support of the Amazonian populations, such as Sionas, Cofanes, Secoyas and Huaoranis, located in the Ecuadorian Amazon that are the main affected communities.
Three court instances in Ecuador determined that Chevron-Texaco discharged millions of gallons of untreated oil waste in the Ecuadorian jungle when it operated in the country from 1964 to 1992. The litigation is 25 years old. (I)