The world's third largest hydroelectric dam is currently being built in the Amazon of Brazil. For the government, the Belo Monte dam is a necessity. For roughly 20,000 people living in the Altamira region of Para where the dam is being constructed in the jungles of northern Brazil, it is the end of life as they knew it.
Concerns over indigenous reserve and archaeological remains prompts call from local federationFebruary 27, 2014The Guardian
"We request, in the name of Peru's indigenous peoples, that Hunt Oil, representatives of the national and regional government, the Ministry of Energy, and professionals from the extractive sector in general abandon, for ethical and moral reasons, opportunism, egoism and avarice, and respect the rights and territories of indigenous peoples."
Operations by gas consortium in Amazon reserve for vulnerable indigenous peoples met with legal actionFebruary 25, 2014The Guardian
Three Peruvian judges are scheduled to meet on April 1st following a lawsuit filed to stop a gas consortium from operating in a reserve in the Amazon created for indigenous peoples living in "initial contact" and "voluntary isolation."
Michelle Chan urges China's banking regulator to enforce green guidelinesFebruary 24, 2014South China Morning Post
Ensuring compliance with the Green Credit Directive is certainly no easy task. Chinese borrowers, such as resource extraction companies, are "late to the game" when it comes to developing international assets, and are loading up on environmentally, socially and politically risky projects.
Ecuador's President Correa is resisting calls to reconsider a scrapped initiative to leave Amazon crude oil untouched.February 22, 2014The Christian Science Monitor
In Ecuador, his move has drawn the ire of environmental and indigenous rights groups and sparked a debate over an otherwise extremely popular administration. One organization, Yasunidos, is trying to collect 600,000 signatures by April to force a national referendum on whether to allow drilling.
After a fatal gas well explosion in Pennsylvania earlier this month, Chevron adds insult to injury by giving local families coupons for pizza and soda.February 20, 2014MintPress
The pizza coupons are the company's "token of appreciation" for residents after an explosion on Feb. 11 in the rural community of Bobtown, Penn., sparked a fire that burned for about five days, killed one employee and injured another.
Since announcing plans to drill for oil under Yasuni, Ecuador has vowed the national park will be left "99.9% intact". But this promise is not being reflected on the ground.February 19, 2014The Guardian
At the end of last year, Ecuador put 16 oil blocks in the Amazon jungle region to the south of Yasuni up for auction in an effort to drum up new joint-venture partners. "We're on the cusp of a new oil boom in the Ecuadorian Amazon the like of which we have never seen before," says Kevin Koenig, programme co-ordinator, at campaign group Amazon Watch.
Negotiations took place while the country sought funds to forgo oil exploitation in pristine forest under the Yasuni-ITT schemeFebruary 19, 2014The Guardian
The proposed behind-the-scenes deal, which traded drilling access in exchange for Chinese lending for Ecuadorian government projects, will dismay green and human rights groups who had praised Ecuador for its pioneering Yasuni-ITT Initiative to protect the forest. Yasuni is one of the most biodiverse places in the world and home to indigenous peoples – some of whom are living in what Ecuador's constitution calls "voluntary isolation".
"I'm honored they feel injured by the cartoon," the Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist said.February 18, 2014MintPress
Earlier this month, Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Mark Fiore shared on his personal website that Chevron filed court documents saying it was "injured" by a cartoon Fiore had created with Amazon Watch.
As Brazil struggles to solve land disputes between Indians and farmers on the expanding frontier of its agricultural heartland, more tensions over forest and mineral resources are brewing in the remote Amazon.