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COMPENSATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE IN ECUADORIAN AMAZON

EDM (Early Day Motion) 677: tabled on 06 November 2013

Tabled in the 2013-14 session.

This motion has been signed by 32 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes the huge environmental and social damage caused by oil giant Chevron-Texaco in the Ecuadorian Amazon; further notes that Chevron-Texaco admits to dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into the Ecuadorian Amazon between 1964 and 1990; is concerned that this contaminated the rivers used by local people for drinking, bathing and fishing resulting in numerous health issues for the people living there; believes this is one of the world's greatest environmental disasters with the oil dumped estimated to be roughly 30 times the amount spilt in the Exxon Valdez disaster; is concerned that Chevron-Texaco never carried out a meaningful clean up; congratulates the 30,000 local people who organised themselves into Amazon Defence Front and filed legal action against Chevron-Texaco to demand compensation; regrets that over the past 20 years Chevron-Texaco has not settled but used its financial advantage to oppose providing any compensation to the Amazonian communities; further notes that after decades of campaigning in 2011, an independent Ecuadorian court ordered Chevron-Texaco to pay $19 billion in compensation to the affected people; is concerned by reports that Chevron-Texaco has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in legal and lobbying fees to prevent compensation being paid; further notes that in contrast BP established a $20 billion fund to settle claims following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill; and calls for Chevron-Texaco to settle the compensation payment to the Amazon communities for the damage caused.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 6 November 2013
Worthing West
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 18 November 2013
Gower
Clark, Katy
Labour
Signed on 26 November 2013
North Ayrshire and Arran
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 2 December 2013
Leyton and Wanstead
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 6 November 2013
Foyle
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 9 December 2013
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2013
Newport West
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 25 November 2013
Bradford West
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 November 2013
St Ives
Gilmore, Sheila
Labour
Signed on 4 December 2013
Edinburgh East
Hancock, Mr Mike
Independent
Signed on 12 November 2013
Portsmouth South
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2013
Vauxhall
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 6 November 2013
Luton North
Huppert, Dr Julian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 December 2013
Cambridge
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 7 November 2013
Hampstead and Kilburn
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 November 2013
Manchester, Withington
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 6 November 2013
Brighton, Pavilion
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 12 November 2013
Belfast South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 11 November 2013
Hayes and Harlington
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 18 November 2013
South Down
Ruddock, Dame Joan
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2013
Lewisham, Deptford
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 7 November 2013
Strangford
Teather, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 December 2013
Brent Central
Ward, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 November 2013
Bradford East
Weatherley, Mike
Conservative
Signed on 16 December 2013
Hove
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 November 2013
Ceredigion

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.