Chevron and the plaintiffs have both vowed to appeal the Ecuadorean court ruling, with the US oil company calling it 'illegitimate and unenforceable' and the plaintiffs saying the damages award is far too little.
Like oil pollution in Ecuador and California years ago, the BP Gulf catastrophe could – and should – lead to profound political change across America.
A case about responsibility for cleaning up a toxic drilling site could cost the company billions and send a chill through the industry.
The case filed by Ecuadorean indigenous groups is one of the largest environmental suits against an oil firm and could set a precedent. Chevron dismisses it as a 'charade.'