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About ToxicLeaks

ToxicLeaks is an open source project started by a group of anonymous volunteers and activists based all over the world brought together by a desire to speak the truth about the environmental scandals caused by human greed and recklessness. We aim to create the world’s first “environmental safe space”, dedicated solely to exposing the damage done to our ecosystem by profit driven corporations and corrupt governments.

We believe in speaking truth to power and in presenting the facts, uncluttered by the thick web of spin and multi-billion dollar PR campaigns.

We believe that the world belongs not just to the rich and powerful, who for far too long have abused our planet to their own benefit.

We invite anyone who shares our ideals to speak up, take control of the narrative and help us create a comprehensive database that does not shy away from naming and shaming the culprits responsible for the roughly $2.2 trillion worth of environmental damages the world’s biggest 3000 companies have inflicted with impunity.

Today's featured article

Few cases embody the image of David versus Goliath like the case of Ecuador vs Chevron. The indigenous people of the Lago Agrio have been trying for over two decades to get Chevron to clean up the pollution caused by oil fields and to take responsibility for the medical, environmental and cultural consequences of this pollution. Unsurprisingly, Chevron is using every bit of its sizeable resources to make sure they never have to face the music.

Texaco comes for Ecuadorian oil in the 1960’

The beginning of the story reaches back to the 1960’s, when the US government considered Ecuador as their private domain and the Ecuadorian government fully agreed. In all fairness, many Latin American countries in the 1960’s and 1970’s were sliding into military dictatorships, but as they were faithful allies of the oldest democracy in the world, no one seemed to care. And it gave American companies an open boulevard to invest and exploit the natural resources. That’s how Texaco came to Ecuador to try and find oil to collect. They explored the northeastern area of Lago Agrio and founded the city of Nueva Loja as their base camp. They eventually found oil and started production in the beginning of the 1970’s, nevermind the indigenous people that lived off the land in the area and whose habitat could be degraded by the drilling… The operation involved Texaco, but also Gulf Oil, another major American company in the sector, and the Ecuadorian state-owned oil company, CEPE. Eventually, Gulf Oil pulled out and CEPE became the majority owner of the consortium in 1976 even though Texaco still was in charge. Finally, Texaco’s concession expired in 1993, and the state owned company, which had become Petroecuador in 1989, became sole owner of the exploitation. Between 1964 and 1990, Texaco had drilled about 350 oil wells in an area of around 2,700 square miles of rainforest, and it reaped $30 billion in profit from that oil.

(Full article...)

Spotlight on China

Reports obtained by Toxic Leaks from within the People’s Republic of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (“Xinjiang”) show an alarming laxity, if not outright corruption, on the part of local officials in administering the area’s mining laws. Two on-site reports, one from April and the other from May, tell the story of two local coal-mining companies and their open and notorious mining operations, both of which are completely at odds with the amount and nature of mining for which the two outfits have licenses. Both reports tell a pathetic tale of political corruption and manifest indifference, if not open hostility, to the environmental degradation caused by rampant and unregulated coal production.

In the first report, investigators examined Xinjiang Beishan Mining Industry Co., Ltd.’s operations and found that the mine, licensed by the government to produce 400,000 tons per annum, is producing significantly more. While advertising in the local newspaper indicates that it produces six million tons each year, investigators discovered that Beishan Mining applied for financing indicating a six-million-ton output as well.

(Exclusive Reports Tell Tale of Corruption and Indifference in Xinjiang Coal Mining Regulation)


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