At the outset, the public was told firmly that no spontaneous contributions from the floor would be accepted. Only written questions would be allowed, but no instructions were given on when or how to hand over questions. As far as I could see, no one from the back of the stadium submitted a question, which was not surprising given that many of the Munduruku and the town's poorer inhabitants are not at all used to this kind of procedure, and some may have difficulty expressing themselves in Portuguese.
MPs authorise drilling in Amazon rainforest after failure of Rafael Correa's plan to persuade rich nations to protect itOctober 4, 2013Reuters
Ecuador's parliament has authorised drilling of the nation's largest oilfields in part of the Amazon rainforest after the failure of President Rafael Correa's plan to have rich nations pay to avoid its exploitation. Correa launched the initiative in 2007 to protect the Yasuni jungle area, which boasts some of the planet's most diverse wildlife, but scrapped it after attracting only a small fraction of the funding sought.
Over 100 scientists have issued a statement to the Ecuadorian Congress warning that proposed oil development and accompanying roads in Yasuni National Park will degrade its "extraordinary biodiversity."
"We have lost lots of land and they want to take away what we have left," said Mayalú Txucarramae, a young Kayapó leader from the Xingú reservation in Mato Grosso state, one of about 1,000 indigenous demonstrators camped out in front of Congress.
The Ecuadorian government is currently racing ahead with plans to drill for oil in the core of what is arguably the most biodiverse corner of the planet. In response, a group of more than 100 scientists from Ecuador and 18 other countries around the world submitted a statement to the Ecuadorian Congress detailing the extraordinary biodiversity of the park and strongly warning against allowing new oil drilling in its core.
Case Involves Lawyer Who Won $19 Billion Judgment Against the Firm in 2011September 30, 2013The Wall Street Journal
Representatives of the Ecuadorians deny Chevron's claims and accuse the company of improper conduct in the 20-year-old legal battle. Mr. Donziger said he would oppose Chevron's request for a nonjury trial. "I think this decision clearly proves that Chevron does not believe in the validity of its own case," he said.
People deserve better reasons to oppose this than, "it will degrade the environment," "it will flood a pretty place," or "we will lose such and such animal or plant." How about this: large dams are societal hazards, pollutants, non-renewable, and economically unsound.
NGO claims Norway's Council on Ethics recommends blacklisting oil company but the Finance Ministry won't budgeSeptember 18, 2013The Guardian
Krogh doesn't say the reason the Council has given for its possible Repsol recommendation, but the people living in "voluntary isolation" – as Peruvian law calls them – lack immunological defences and therefore could easily be decimated by disease if any contact is made between them and the company's workers.
Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa called Tuesday for a global boycott of Chevron, as part of a campaign to highlight Amazon environmental damage Ecuador attributed to the US oil giant.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Brazilian federal prosecutors issued a warning Wednesday that they could seek to block licensing for the country's largest gold-mining project because Canada's Belo Sun Mining Corp. hasn't produced a study explaining its impact on local indigenous communities.