This is the official page of the people affected by the harmful extractive activities of the oil company Texaco, today Chevron, who have been fighting the company for more than 23 years in defense of their lives, human rights, and the environment.
We are the voice of more than 30,000 small farmers and indigenous people who have been affected by the contamination spread across the provinces of Orellana and Succumbíos (in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon), an area of 450,000 hectares. In response to the contamination, we, the affected people, filed a class-action lawsuit against the oil company and decided to organize to continue the legal fight.
Out of numerous meetings in which area residents, indigenous groups, social federations of small farmers, and non-governmental organizations participated, the Amazon Defense Front (Frente de Defensa de la Amazonía) was created on May 16, 1994, later becoming the Union of the People Affected by Texaco (UDAPT: Unión de Afectados y Afectadas por las Operaciones Petroleras de Texaco). This association was born out of the organizing process since the beginning of the fight and by the decision of the affected parties; that is, all of the decisions of this organization pass through review and approval by the bases. On November 23, 2012 the organization received legal entity status (ministerial accord No. 0476).
One of UDAPT’s objectives is to fight until they achieve reparation and remediation of the environment affected by the contamination; for this reason they have ordered their lawyers to prosecute Chevron until the company is held accountable for the damage and crimes perpetrated.