QUITO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa Tuesday denounced U.S. oil giant Chevron for failing to clean up areas polluted by crude oil some 30 years ago in the Ecuadorian Amazon, South American news agency Telesur reported.
Correa demonstrated how the crude oil remnants continue to contaminate wells and vegetation when he visited a site in the province of Sucumbios, northeast Ecuador, where the disaster happened.
He put his hand into one of the wells, then lifted it up, showing it was covered with oil and said, "this is the dirty hand of Chevron."
"Thirty years later, Chevron said it cleaned up the contamination, but what it did was to damage the jungle even more by using the worst methods. That was not a solution, but a cover-up of the contamination with layers of earth," said Correa.
Correa called for a global boycott of Chevron and asked its shareholders to divest, "so as not to be indirectly involved in one of the worst disasters of humanity."
According to Correa, the company has contaminated 1,000 wells and failed to clean them up, which is 18 times worse than the Exxon oil spill in Alaska's coasts.
Correa added he would use "the truth" to fight Chevron and accused the company of using "the worst mining techniques" to save money.
In 2001, Chevron bought the Texaco company which operated in Ecuador from 1964 to 1990. Correa said it was using "old techniques to poison our lands and line their pockets."
Chevron was fined by an Ecuadoran court 19 billion U.S. dollars in 2012 but has yet to pay the fine since Ecuador's Supreme Court is still ratifying it.