July 20, 2009 / 6:24 AM / 10 years ago

Chevron looking to fight Ecuador suit in U.S.: report

A Chevron tanker truck unloads gasoline into underground storage tanks in Burbank, Calfiornia June 18, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

(Reuters) - Chevron Corp (CVX.N), which is fighting a long-running environmental lawsuit in Ecuador, is planning to fight the case in the United States, the Wall Street Journal said.

“We’re not paying and we’re going to fight this for years if not decades into the future,” Chevron spokesman Don Campbell told the paper in an interview.

In an ongoing suit in Ecuador, which has run for a decade and a half, locals charge that Chevron’s Texaco unit damaged their health by dumping billions of gallons of oil-laden water from 1972 to 1992, before turning over operations to state-run Petroecuador.

A ruling has been expected some time this year, but the company has argued that public criticism of Chevron by Ecuador President Rafael Correa makes a fair trial impossible.

The company did not immediately respond to a Reuters email seeking comments.

Reporting by Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Bangalore

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