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April 20, 2010 08:48 AM Eastern Daylight Time  

WASHINGTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The plaintiffs in the eco-disaster lawsuit in Ecuador against
Chevron released information today that proves the oil giant lied to the highly respected Columbia Journalism Review
about an oil well site in the rainforest featured in a 60 Minutes piece that aired almost a year ago.

The information can obtained at the blog, The Chevron Pit, http://thechevronpit.blogspot.com.

In a critique of 60 Minutes’ coverage of the lawsuit filed by indigenous tribes in Ecuador against Chevron, CJR
writer Martha Hamilton said 60 Minutes should have reported that the government-owned oil company
Petroecuador operated the well site Shushufindi 38 after Texaco left Ecuador in 1992. Chevron also told Hamilton
that soil tests turned up no contamination at the site.

Had Hamilton contacted the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, she would have learned that Chevron lied to her, said Karen
Hinton, spokesperson for the Amazon Defense Coalition. Court documents clearly show that only Texaco operated
the well site, which Texaco closed in 1984. Tests from the plaintiffs revealed illegal levels of toxins at over 400 times
the Ecuador legal limit of 1,000 parts per million of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons.

Chevron’s tests at the well site, on the other hand, showed no contamination because the oil company took its test
samples uphill and away from the well site, said Hinton. Chevron then used those same samples to report to the
court that the toxic waste sites posed no risk to human health, she added.

“This deceptive method of soil sampling is part of Chevron’s fraud in Ecuador and it was used to deceive the
Columbia Journalism Review,” said Hinton.

About the Amazon Defense Coalition

The Amazon Defense Coalition represents dozens of rainforest communities and five indigenous groups that inhabit
Ecuador’s Northern Amazon region.

Contacts
for Amazon Defense Coalition
Karen Hinton, 703-798-3109
karen@hintoncommunications.com

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