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Ecuadorian Amazon Oil Slick Heads Towards Peru

Ecuadorian Amazon Oil Slick Heads Towards Peru

Crude discharged after pipeline was ruptured by landslide has entered Napo river which flows across border

June 11, 2013 | The Guardian

An oil spill in the Ecuadorean Amazon is flowing downstream towards Peru and Brazil, heightening concerns about the impact of drilling in one of the world's last remaining wildernesses.More »

Brazil's Natives Protest Dam Construction

June 11, 2013 | AFP

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Indigenous activists occupied the headquarters of a government agency Tuesday to demand a voice in the construction of a controversial dam in the Amazon. "We want respect for the constitution in which the indigenous rights are clearly spelled out," said chief Valdenir Munduruku.More »

In Brazil, "Dammed" If You Do, Damned If You Don't

In Brazil, "Dammed" If You Do, Damned If You Don't

A new energy project promises economic benefits, but locals are less than thrilled with the externalities that come with it.

June 10, 2013 | The Atlantic

Deep in the Brazilian Amazon, the world's third-largest dam has had a rocky month. Two indigenous occupations and a worker's strike at the construction site of Belo Monte, Brazil's most expensive public project ever, have shown that the project may turn out to be far from the minimum-impact, socially responsible beacon of development that President Dilma Rousseff would like people to believe it is.More »

Indigenous Peruvians Protest State Oil Company Taking Over Their Land

Indigenous Peruvians Protest State Oil Company Taking Over Their Land

Members of the Achuar people say they won't allow Petroperu to enter their territory, but the company has other ideas

June 7, 2013 | The Guardian

"Our protest has many meanings," says FENAP's president, Peas Peas Ayui, speaking from San Lorenzo in the Amazon where FENAP has an office. "We're not going to let any company enter. We are the owners. We are the original inhabitants. We want to live in peace. We have the right to stand up for ourselves and if Petroperu tries to enter we will fight very hard against it."More »

Indigenous Brazilians Protest at President's Office

June 6, 2013 | AFP

Brazilia, Brazil – Native Brazilians who are embroiled in land feuds with white farmers and others opposed to construction of the Belo Monte dam in the Amazon on Thursday took their grievances to the presidential palace.More »

Protests Over Brazil Hydropower Leads to Delays and Boosts Costs

Protests Over Brazil Hydropower Leads to Delays and Boosts Costs

June 5, 2013 | Businessweek

Protests by indigenous people in Brazil's Amazon region over hydroelectric projects are boosting costs for companies building dams, said Energy Minister Edison Lobao.More »

Isolated Amazon Indians Under Pressure in Ecuador

June 5, 2013 | IPS

Quito, Ecuador – Reports of another massacre in an isolated indigenous community in Ecuador's Amazon region cast doubt on the state's compliance with precautionary measures imposed in favour of uncontacted peoples in 2006 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.More »

Climate Change Calls for Courageous Leadership

June 5, 2013 | The Press

The Hillary Institute of International Leadership has chosen Atossa Soltani as its fifth global Hillary Laureate for exceptional leadership and its second in climate equity, which considers the social impacts of climate change. On World Environment Day, Mark Prain of the institute introduces her and her work.More »

A Ruptured Pipe Spilled Oil Upstream of the Amazon River

June 4, 2013 |

Ten thousand barrels of oil are now making their way down Ecuador's Coca River – a waterway that eventually feeds into the Amazon River – after a pipe run by the state-owned Petroecuador burst during a landslide.More »

PetroEcuador Says Biggest Oil Pipeline Cut by Amazon Landslide

May 31, 2013 | Bloomberg

OPEC member Ecuador's biggest crude pipeline was cut today by a landslide in the country's eastern Amazon region. Today's accident is the second time in two months that a landslide has damaged Ecuador's oil pipelines.More »


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