by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes.

snipshot_e4s827jp3rc.jpgDaryl Hannah is pulling an Erin Brockovich and getting directly involved with a crisis happening overseas to lend her support. Ecuador Indians are suing oil giant Chevron because of their failure to clean up billions of gallons of polluted waste water. Hannah trudged through the jungle yesterday to visit the site first hand and witnessed a sad display of neglect and devastation. From the article,

“Hannah, 46, star of the 1984 movie ”Splash,” rolled up a sleeve of her shirt and dipped it into an oil pit, holding it above her head as the thick liquid dripped down her arm.

”Obviously they’re suffering severely,” she said by telephone from her hotel in the jungle town. ”A whole host of horrors have come their way with the advent of supposed civilization.”

The plaintiffs are seeking $6 billion in damages, claiming that Texaco Petroleum Co., which merged with Chevron in 2001 and spent three decades extracting oil here, dumped more than 18 billion gallons of oily wastewater into the rain forest, and failed to properly clean it up.”

Today, Hannah will meet with Ecuador President Rafael Correa to discuss the case — imploring the government to show no bias towards the oil giant and let the facts speak for themselves. Sounds like something Q’orianka Kilcher could help get behind. Great initiative on Daryl’s part to travel and help with the situation. Let’s hope for a fair outcome in the trial.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • rebecca

    Actually, Q’Orianka Kilcher is involved

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  • JR Correa

    Thank you Daryl Hannah! Please keep helping!

  • Dmitry

    Daryl Hannah is awesome. I hope to God they’ll make Chevron pay for the clean-up.

    • Matthew

      And I hope to god that people like you wise up. It was the Ecuadorian oil company who is responsible for all the pollution, not Chevron. Learn your facts, and don’t just believe actors and actresses who are paid off by foreign dictators.

  • duke james

    Has anyone read today’s (Oct. 30) article in the Wall Street Journal by Bret Stephens (see page A18). It would be great if Daryl would respond with a letter to the Wall Street Journal. What is/should be PetroEcuador’s responsibility for the constant spills from 1990 until now?

  • MdaInc

    I think she is being used by the ruler of Ecuador. Chevron did more to keep the Ecuador enviornment clean than the government did with their state run oil producer.

    Thanks Daryl for pointing out the terrible enviornmental problem. But if the people causing the problem simply try to shift blame, they will never make the changes the need to make to ensure this does not happen again.

    Your are beautiful but also you are being used.

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