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On July 17, Oliver Utne, a U.S. citizen residing in Ecuador with a valid visa, was abruptly questioned, detained, and forced to leave the country after being targeted by Ecuadorian immigration officials. Utne had been living in the country for several years and coordinating an innovative solar canoe project with the Achuar indigenous people.
Government appeared to be preparing plans at the same time as pursuing a high-profile scheme not to exploit the oilJuly 2, 2014The Guardian
Ecuador's government was moving to install a power plant to exploit oil fields under the iconic Yasuni national park at the same time as pursuing a high-profile international scheme not to exploit the oil, according to government documents seen by the Guardian.
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.
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."
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.
Sarayaku has reported a buildup of military forces and the existence of plans to invade the community. Ecuador's Ministry of Defense denies these claims. In a national TV address over the weekend, President Correa threatened to declare a state of emergency.
Ecuadorian journalist Fernando Villavicencio speaks to David Hill about why he has sought refuge among indigenous group SarayakuMay 12, 2014New Internationalist
The people of Sarayaku have decided to protect us because they consider us persecuted for political reasons, but now a military and police assault is being prepared which could lead to clashes with terrible consequences. Those responsible for what happens now in Sarayaku – which has announced it will not permit any soldiers or police to cross into its land – are president Rafael Correa and those implementing the prison sentences which the Inter-Commission has requested to be suspended.
"The government couldn't take the risk of having the issue reach the referendum [stage], which it could have lost," says Juan Carlos Donoso, a political scientist. Plenty of activists are furious about being thwarted. The question now is whether they can keep the issue in the public eye.