Welcome to a portion of the Lago Agrio oil field in Ecuador. The American oil giant Texaco kept produced water, that is contaminated water brought up from the ground along with oil, in open pits rather than sending it back into the ground. The practice contaminated regional water supplies and led to a marked increase of illness, especially cancer, within the area. Texaco’s current owner, Chevron, has just been ordered to pay the Ecuadorian government $8 billion in fines as a result of the pollution that accumulated from 1967 to 1993.
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