Chevron Wants Full Investigation of Ecuador Corruption

When Chevron released videos showing that the judge in Ecuador had prejudged the lawsuit against them and making serious allegations about government corruption, the trial lawyer/environmentalist combine was monetarily taken aback. But eventually they decided on the party line delivered with the usual hyperventilated outrage, that is, it’s “dirty tricks!”

For a company supposedly engaged in tricks and machinations, Chevron is remarkably open about wanting a full investigation. From a news release:

SAN RAMON, Calif., Sept. 7, 2009 – Lawyers for Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) provided evidence to Ecuador authorities today, including video recordings and emails, to assist with the investigation of a $3 million bribe scheme associated with an environmental lawsuit against the company.

In a letter to Ecuador authorities, the company asked that several important points be examined by the investigation into the scheme, which implicated the judge hearing the case, as well as ruling party and government officials. The information provided today supports last week’s written notification to the government that video recordings existed that show discussions of a prejudged verdict against the company by the judge and details of how the bribe would work. (Videos, letters and emails are available on Chevron.com/ecuador and on youtube.com/texacoecuador.)

It must be that Chevron believes its case is well served by facts. What a trick.

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