Tiputini, which is outside the Yasuni, includes in the ITT block about 920 million barrels of oil, 20% of Ecuador’s reserves.
The Ecuadorian Petroamazonas attempts to exploit crude from Ishpingo-Tambococha and Tiputini (ITT) fields or block 43, some of them located in the intangible area of Yasuni park.
In an exclusive investigation, journalist traveled to an oil concession deep in the Amazon rainforest, into Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park, to film an illegal access road, the existence of which Ecuador’s government has denied.
Camera trap videos from Yasuni National Park shows off rarely seen species like the rufous-vented ground cuckoo and the short-eared dog as well as odd behavior, like sloths licking salt from the ground.
Ecuador has said it will return around $9 million in funds from Germany for environmental projects around the country. The country cancelled the visas of the visiting German legislators and did not allow them to visit Yasuni National Park as planned.
The president said that the activities will affect less than 200 hectares of the nearly one million of the Yasuni National Park.
Ishpingo, Tambococha and Tiputini are three key fields in Ecuador’s oil reserves. They are in the Yasuni National Park. Petroamazonas is preparing to make the first drilling in areas adjacent to their fields.
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.
Concern of biologists for oil exploitation in the Yasuní National Park remains, especially since it was approved the environmental license for exploitation of Tambococha and Tiputini fields.
Satellite images show that Petroamazonas built a big road, at least one permanent bridge and cut off more forest than was authorized.