The green light to drill in one of the world's most biologically significant areas will come at an incalculable cost to Yasuní's biodiversity and the indigenous groups that live there.June 11, 2014The New York Times
Though the government should be held to account, the stillbirth of Yasuni-ITT is a shared failure. Mr. Correa promises to transition from fossil fuels – after the oil is gone. But that may be too late for an area as ecologically fragile and culturally sensitive as Yasuni.
Chief Raoni Metuktire, the Brazilian tribal leader who enlisted Sting to help save the Amazon rainforest, has accused the developed world of being intent on "destroying everything" and urged its citizens to fundamentally change the way they think.
Ecuador's state oil company PetroAmazonas has, in secret, built a road deep into the heart of the world-famous Yasuni National Park in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, violating promises and threatening uncontacted indigenous tribes.
There was a reason Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, chose to announce his support for an initiative to forgo exploiting the oil fields under the Yasuní National Park – home to indigenous peoples and one of the most biodiverse places on earth – on 5 June 2007: 5 June, today, is the United Nations' "World Environment Day."
This week 20 Amazon Indians walked to the Belo Monte dam site to demand the company keep its promises to compensate indigenous communities. Police shot them with 'rubber bullets' and stun grenades, wounding four. Tensions are rising...May 30, 2014The Ecologist
A delegation of Xikrin Indigenous People were attacked this week with blast grenades and rubber bullets when they tried to enter the Belo Monte construction site to talk with representatives of Norte Energia S.A., responsible for the project. Four of them were wounded.
Plans by Colombia's state-owned firm Ecopetrol to drill for gas in the north of the country have been suspended following opposition from the indigenous U'wa people.
Environment minister authorized environmental permits for oil drilling in Yasuní National ParkMay 26, 2014MintPress
In a move condemned as paving the way for an environmental disaster, the environment minister of Ecuador on Thursday authorized permits for oil exploration to begin within the Yasuní National Park, an area home to two indigenous communities living in voluntary isolation and an area some consider the most biodiverse place in the world.
Companies could start extracting oil underneath key biodiversity reserve on Earth by 2016May 23, 2014The Guardian
Drilling for oil in a part of the Amazon rainforest considered one of the most biodiverse hotspots on the planet is to go ahead less than a year after Ecuador's president lifted a moratorium on oil drilling there.
Demonstrations planned in five continents in solidarity with those poisoned by oil giant's operationsMay 21, 2014Common Dreams
Decrying what they say are Chevron's crimes against humanity, communities across five continents are rising up on Wednesday in an international day of action against the oil giant.
Opposition by Indigenous Groups Seen as Major Risk to Resource Projects World-wideMay 12, 2014The Wall Street Journal
"We are not against all investments, that would be absurd," said Roberto Espinoza, an adviser to Peru's biggest indigenous organization, Aidesep. "We only ask that the law is respected, and the law says communities should be consulted...and have the right to determine their own development."