Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has backed a cross-party parliamentary motion that calls for Chevron-Texaco to settle compensation for local Amazonian communities.
Early Day Motion 677 (Compensation for Environmental Damage in Ecuadorian Amazon) highlights both the environmental and social damage caused by the oil company Chevron-Texaco, after the company dumped billions of gallons of toxic waste in the in the Ecuadorian Amazon from the 1960s 1990s.
Chevron-Texaco was recently ordered by an Ecuadorian court to pay billions of dollars in compensation, following serious ecological problems surrounding the Lago Agrio oil field, which was a result of spilled crude oil and contaminated water used in the extraction of oil.
Commenting, Mike said: It is hard to properly envisage environmental damage on this scale. Given the scale and obvious culpability in this case, it is only right that adequate compensation is paid to affected communities throughout the Amazon. I was not surprised that this parliamentary motion received strong cross-party support and must commend the thousands of local Amazonian people who organised themselves for this mammoth legal fight.