Angel Najera was a peasant from the community of San Francisco in the parish of Ines Arango in the Amazonian province of Orellana. This area has a long-standing record of oil exploitation and contamination. Since Texacos withdrawal in 1990, the state-owned company Petroecuador has been operating in this area. In 2005 and 2006 there were several huge oil spills which affected the area as well as surrounded water sources. As a consequence of this long-standing trajectory of environmental contamination and exposition to toxic substances, Arangos family suffered many health problems. Moreover, part of his livestock died because of drinking polluted water. Facing this situation a formal complain went to the National Direction of Environmental Protection which concluded that Najeras property was seriously contaminated and called on Petroecuador to proceed with remediation works. Yet, Petroecuador did not clean up the area, only paid 3000 USD in compensatin. In response, Najera filed a lawsuit against Petroecuador which went to the Constitutional Court who ruled in his favour (court decision written by Nina Pacari).