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Victims of the BP oil spill should be prepared to wait years, perhaps even decades, for compensation
August 20, 2010
That is one of the lessons that Ecuadorian residents say can be learned from their 17-year battle to hold the oil company Texaco to account for what has been called the “Amazon’s Chernobyl”.
They allege that Texaco, which was bought by Chevron in 2001, caused catastrophic devastation in the country when it drilled for oil there from 1964 to 1992.
It is claimed 18 billion gallons of toxic waste water and 17 million gallons of crude oil were dumped in an area three times the size of Manhattan.
Campaigners say it is the worst oil-related environmental disaster in the world.
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