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Five Ecuador tribes suing for oil damage

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TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2003

Five tribes in Ecuador are filing a lawsuit against oil giant ChevronTexaco for alleged environmental damage from oil spills.

The plaintiffs allege the company dumped 18 billion gallons of drilling byproducts into open pits and waterways. They say the waste has destroyed their health, culture and livelihood.

The suit had been filed in U.S. courts but was dismissed with instructions to file in Ecuador.

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