I previously mentioned a documentary called Crude that follows the efforts to find justice for inhabitants of the Ecuadorian rainforest. Here’s a review from the LA Times. After decades of being poisoned by Texaco (later acquired by Chevron), and then years of legal battles, a verdict has been handed down this week, finding Chevron culpable for $8.6bn. As the BBC article notes, the ligitigants are appealing to seek higher damages (in the amount of $113bn).
I don’t have much to say, I think the links above pretty much cover everything. I mostly just wanted to post this news because in the rare event that ‘the system’ actually seems to work and hold those accountable* for what they have done, I think it’s worth noting.
*even though the damage is impossible to truly quantify, and no amount of compensation can undue the destruction of unique resources or of human lives