In 2006, Chevron won the Public Eye Jury Award in the category Environment for polluting large areas of pristine rain forest in northern Ecuador. US-based Chevron bought Texaco in 2001 – the corporation that had caused the pollution by using sub-standard technology for a period of almost 30 years. Vast stretches of land and water inside the Amazon forest were severely contaminated by more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater, 17 million gallons of crude oil spilled, as well as hazardous waste and pollution caused by gas flaring. A health crisis among the local population continues to this day and has even brought indigenous tribes close to extinction. Unbelievable yet true, instead of carrying out a comprehensive clean-up, the company abandoned the polluted sites and never accepted responsibility for the harm done.