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A general view shows oil pumping jacks and drilling pads at the Kern River Oil Field where the principle operator is the Chevron Corporation in Bakersfield, California. The field is the third largest in California, fifth largest in the United States and relies mainly on the steam injection method to extract the crude oil.
A protester from Ecuador holds up an oil-covered hand outside a court in New York ahead of Chevron Corp’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) trial on Tuesday. Chevron is attempting to convince a US judge that a group of Ecuadorean villagers and their US lawyer used bribery to win an $18bn judgment against Chevron from a court in Ecuador, in the latest chapter in a long-running fight over pollution in the Amazon jungle. The oil company is asking the federal court to prevent the villagers and their Harvard-educated lawyer, Steven Donziger, from using US courts to enforce the Ecuadorean judgment.