News & Multimedia from 2004

NGO Letter to the IDB highligting failures to comply with required loan condtions

March 11, 2004 | Campaign Update

The following is the text of a joint letter sent to the IDB on March 11 by international NGOs urging delay of the signing of the Camisea loan agreement. The letter details concerns raised by leading Peruvian indigenous and environmetnal organizations about the Camisea gas project. [...]More »

Houston-based Burlington Resources Prepares to Use Ecuadorian Military to Forcibly Enter Amazon Indian Lands --- Military Invasion Expected As Early as Tomorrow --

January 28, 2004 | Press Release

Indians Declares a State of Emergency and Call for Area to be Permanently Protected Burlington Investors Raise Concern about Growing Controversy and Rights Violations  – Broadcast quality digital video and high-resolution stills of the community, rainforest, oil drilling and conflict available – – –   WHAT: Planned military invasion of the traditional territory o [...]More »

Sarayaku Declares State of Emergency

January 25, 2004 | El Comercio

The community of Sarayaku (Pastaza) has declared a state ofemergency to defend its territories against oil exploration. The decision was the result of a visit by President Lucio Gutierrez and Minister of Energy and Mines Carlos Arboleda to Pastaza on January 18. [...]More »

Kapawi Journal-- Ecuador Indians Fend Off Oil Companies with Tourism

January 19, 2004 | New York Times

An Achuar Indian, Cristóbal Callera treads through the jungle like a child of the rain forest. But on a recent day he had a gaggle of heavy-footed tourists in tow, the rain falling in waves and the trail mired in mud.  Mr. [...]More »

New President of Ecuadorian Superior Court Appointed to Preside over ChevronTexaco Case in Amazon Region. The People Affected by Texaco are hopeful with the New President

January 12, 2004 | Press Release

The people affected by the oil operations of Texaco are confident that the changing of the President of the Superior Court of Lago Agrio will not stop the process that was initiated under the predecessor on the lawsuit against ChevronTexaco. Various leaders expressed their positions on the judicial process and hope for transparency. [...]More »

In Ecuador, Taking an Oil Giant to Task

January 12, 2004 | International Herald Tribune

Ecuador New York - Drilling for oil without adequate safeguards is one of the most destructive processes to man and the environment. This fact has been particularly apparent in the Ecuadorean area of the Amazon basin, where Texaco - which later merged with Chevron - drilled for oil from 1964 through 1992. [...]More »

Rabbi's Heartbreaking Visit to Amazon Bears Witness to Rainforest Ruin

January 9, 2004 | J, the Jewish news weekly of Northern California

Rabbi Dan Goldblatt returned from Ecuador recently, and what he saw therenearly broke his heart. The spiritual leader of the independent Beth Chaim Congregation in Danvilleand a longtime environmental activist, Goldblatt did not go as a tourist. Hewent as part of a delegation of interfaith clergy from the area to bearwitness to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest by ChevronTexaco. [...]More »

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