Company slated to start producing in the next few days, but indigenous peoples' lives are at riskNovember 26, 2013The Guardian
Peru's state agency promoting oil and gas operations has announced that by the end of this month oil will be produced from new deposits in a remote part of the Peruvian Amazon near the border with Ecuador.
China's aggressive quest for foreign oil has reached a new milestone: near monopoly control of crude exports from an OPEC nation, Ecuador.
"We applaud the MPF for taking vigorous steps to uphold Brazilian environmental and human rights legislation, putting the brakes on a project that would heap further tragedy on the communities already faced with the disastrous Belo Monte dam," said Amazon Watch's Christian Poirier in a statement.
On one of the last islands of intact rain forest in Brazil’s eastern Amazon, the Awá Indians face the seemingly inexorable eradication of their home. Even the legal victory that deeded them the land hasn’t stopped the ruthless felling of trees by forces they can’t even comprehend.
Petroamazonas appears to be building destructive access roads deeper into Yasuní National ParkNovember 12, 2013Mongabay.com
Photographers Ivan Kashinsky and Karla Gachet were on assignment in Yasuní National Park, home to arguably the most biodiverse rainforest in the world. While there, they happened to take an aerial shoot above a controversial oil concession located in the heart of the park at the precise moment that the national oil company was secretly building a new oil access road.
Quito, Ecuador – An Ecuadoran court upheld a ruling that US oil giant Chevron was liable for environmental damage in its Amazon basin region by sister company Texaco, but ordered it to pay a reduced $9.51 billion.
The massacre is blamed on pressure mounting on hidden peoples, who appear to have formed four distinct groups in the greater area of the Yasuní National Park, the northern half and western flanks of which have been open to oil production. The populist administration of president Rafael Correa, short of cash, wants to open the whole of the remaining Amazon forest to oil exploration.
The Amazon rainforest is best known for its vibrant wildlife and endless canopy. But it also plays a key role in the world's climate. But the world's largest rainforest is now in trouble.
Sao Paulo, Brazil – Brazil's first regional federal court suspended the environmental permit for the massive Belo Monte dam project in Amazonia and ordered an immediate halt to construction.
As wife to the Chief of her Apy Ka'y community – one of the tribes of the Guarani people – Damiana's family was a prime target for gunmen hired by ranch owners who have taken over her ancestral land in Mato Grosso do Sul, western Brazil. She recently lost her husband and her three sons to "roadside collisions" that, for a short while, left the Apy Ka'y leaderless in their fight against the ranchers.