Mia Farrow Condemns 'The Dirty Hand Of Chevron' in Ecuador

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Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 11:05 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Actress Mia Farrow has added her voice to the ongoing dispute between oil behemoth Chevron and villagers in the Ecuador's Amazon area over pollution in the South America country, according to the Agence France-Presse.

Farrow visited the Aguarico region of Sucumbios in Northeast Ecuador recently, where the country claims Texaco and then Chevron, which purchased Texaco, polluted the area for years during its oil exploration.

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Chevron inherited the long-running Ecuador pollution lawsuit when it bought its former oil rival in 2001.

"I feel an incredible sense of anger," Farrow told AFP after putting her hands in what appeared to be a pool of oil.

Actor Danny Glover and filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau have also visited the region to bring attention to the oil pollution of the region.

The Supreme Court of Nueva Loja ordered Chevron to pay $18.3 billion in damages to the area and health of the local residents in February 2011. Last November, the Ecuadorian Supreme Court reduced the award to $9.3 billion even though it confirmed the verdict.

Chevron has refused to pay, claiming that it was an illegal ruling and filed a counterclaim in U.S. federal court in New York against Ecuador and its lawyers.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that both sides are waiting for a ruling from U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan. Chevron claims that the Ecuador decision was based on witness tampering, fabrication of evidence and numerous other alleged misdeeds on the part of Ecuador's attorney Steven Donziger and others. 

Chevron asked Kaplan for an injunction barring Donziger and others who participated in the Ecuador case from profiting off attempts to enforce the Ecuador verdict outside of that country.

Even though Kaplan has not ruled yet, Donziger told the Journal he has hired attorney Deepak Gupta, of Washington, D.C., if he loses for an appeal.

Farrow is best known for her roles in movies such as "Rosemary's Mary" in 1968, "Purple Rose of Cairo" in 1985 and "Hannah and Her Sisters" in 1986. She had a long relationship with actor and director Woody Allen that ended in controversy.

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