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Ecuadorians' Destiny Worrits The Old Beauty

Bianca Jagger, former model and former wife of Mick Jagger, persuaded American Company ChevronTexaco Corp.

Social activist Bianca Jagger, former model and former wife of Mick Jagger, persuaded American Company ChevronTexaco Corp. to clean up a quagmire in the Ecuador jungles where the oil giant once worked.
Jagger was one of several critics who faced off with ChevronTexaco chairman and CEO David O'Reilly during the company's annual shareholders meeting.
Bianca Jagger accused the branch of ChevronTexaco in San Ramon, Calif., of reverting their eyes from Amazon Indians who are dying from cancer and other lethal health problems caused by decades of oil drilling in the Amazon jungle.
"We all want to be part of a profitable corporation," Jagger told O'Reilly. "However, innocent life and the environment should not be sacrificed in the name of profit."
After spending $40 million cleaning up Ecuadorean oil pits from 1995 to 1998, ChevronTexaco claims the remaining responsibility is with its former business partner, the Ecuadorean government.
The oil partnership lasted from 1964 through 1992, with ChevronTexaco holding a 37.5 percent stake.