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Donziger acknowledges mistakes in Ecuador case

Source: 
The New York Times

In prepared testimony set for delivery next week, Steven Donziger, the lawyer who won an $18 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador and now faces fraud allegations, will acknowledge mistakes but question the validity of Chevron's allegations, The New York Times reports.

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Spain: Court acquits accused in tanker disaster

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Wednesday acquitted all three people charged in the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker off Spain's northwestern coast 11 years ago, which triggered a major environmental catastrophe.

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Ecuador court halves Chevron pollution judgment

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's highest court has upheld a landmark judgment against Chevron Corp. for oil contamination in the Amazon, but cut the penalty in half, to $8.8 billion.

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Report: Shell Nigeria falsely reports oil spills

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International accuses Nigeria's biggest petroleum producer, Shell, of manipulating oil spill investigations and documents in cases where the rights group says the company has wrongly reported on the cause and volume of pollution devastating the Niger Delta and made false claims about cleanup measures.

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Ecuadorean judge defends pollution ruling in Chevron case

Source: 
Bloomberg

Testifying before a federal judge, Nicolas Zambrano, a former Ecuadorean judge who ordered a $19 billion pollution ruling against Chevron Corp., rejected the company's allegation that he had outside help in writing his ruling, Bloomberg reports.

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Analysis: The language of risk and reward in carbon

Biographer Robert Caro wrote of Lyndon B. Johnson in his "Master of the Senate" that Johnson had a "genius for studying a man and learning his strengths and weaknesses and hopes and fears," and a gift "for using what a man wanted, to get from him what he wanted, to sell the man on his point of view."

While there is no LBJ among today's climate change activists, they may be getting some traction in applying Johnson's principles. They are trying to get Wall Street's attention by talking about how global warming will hit stock portfolios.

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Judge hears testimony from lawyer who left Ecuadorians' counsel

Source: 
Bloomberg

A federal judge overseeing Chevron's fraud case against Ecuadorians who won a $19 billion pollution judgment heard testimony from a lawyer who helped finance the initial pollution case before leaving over concerns over how the case was being run, Bloomberg reports.

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EPA settles with Whiting over Arkansas spill

Source: 
NWA Online

Whiting Oil and Gas Corp. agreed to pay a $58,570 fine to settle Environmental Protection Agency allegations it violated the Clean Water Act for a Sept. 2012 oil spill in Arkansas, NWA Online reports.

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Ecuadorian judge says he took bribes in Chevron pollution trial

Source: 
Bloomberg

A former Ecuadorian judge who issued a $19 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. for alleged pollution testified in federal court that he and a fellow judge had taken bribes from the plaintiff's lawyers, Bloomberg reports.

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North Dakota regulators find no leaked oil in water sources

Source: 
The Associated Press

North Dakota regulators said no oil spilled from a ruptured Tesoro pipeline has shown up in surface waters or groundwater sources, The Associated Press reports.

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