Chevron Ordered to Pay an Extra $1 Billion in Fines by Ecuadorian Court, Total Now $19 Billion

An appeals court in Ecuador has ordered Chevron to pay $19 billion instead of $18 billion in fines for pollution in the Amazon region originally caused by its predecessor, Texaco.

Back when Chevron was first fined $18 billion for polluting the Amazon basin, sources said that it would probably be difficult to get the company to pay such an amount.

Apparently an Ecuadorian court has agreed, because a new ruling has adjusted the amount—upward. The original fine, imposed in 2011, was one of the largest fines ever to be imposed for environmental damage. It was upheld in January 2012 by an appeals court, and the new fine results from Chevron's appeal to the Ecuadorian Supreme Court, according to Global Post.

"Due to an involuntary calculation error, the reparations now amount to $19,021,552,000," reported Agence France-Presse, quoting an unnamed court source in Sucumbios, a province in Ecuador’s northeastern Amazonian region.

The original case was filed in 1993 on behalf of 43 plaintiffs that represent 30,000 local indigenous people who live in the region, which was polluted by Texaco, which owned it before Chevron acquired the operations. Texaco allegedly left contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon region after its operations there, which ran from 1964 to 1990. Chevron acquired the company 10 years later.