State company Ecopetrol pulls out of drilling site in territories belonging to the indigenous U’wa people.
In July of this year, a pipeline ruptured near an upriver tributary of the Aguarico, just above Dureno. The spill, an estimated 16,000 barrels, spread for almost a hundred miles down through the precious 600,000-hectare Cuyabeno wildlife reserve, as far as Zabalo.
The video and petition call for an end to Amazon oil drilling, stating “the science is clear: we have to keep two-thirds of fossil fuels in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change”.
What makes Lago Agrio different is the ongoing ecological disaster. Disease and death began to spread around the town and the surrounding village of Shushufundi after the petroleum wells were opened in 1962.
(Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin) ACCA presented a map of where the lots are located and shows that they are located over chestnut, shiringa and forestry areas.
Yasuni National Park has been in the conservation spotlight in recent years, with oil drilling threatening their forests and wildlife. Satellite data shows a significant increase in deforestation alerts within the park since 2011.
Panorama presented a report showing the impacts of this spill and also denounced Petroperú for hiring minors to clean up the remnants of oil in the affected area without proper protection.
Although Petroperu reported that no river in the area was contaminated, communities say the Marañón basin is contaminated, because “they noticed (the spill) when the fish were already dropping dead.”
Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador, defended the exploration of petroleum resources in the Yasuní Amazon Reserve while giving a talk at a French university.