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The U'wa Demand the Immediate Withdrawal of EcoPetrol from Their Sacred Land

February 12, 2003 | Press Release

Comunique to the Colombian and International CommunitiesResguardo Unido U’wa, Cubará If ECOPETROL continues with the Sirirí project in U’wa territory, our culture will disappear.  With this affirmation, we want to remind and inform people that ECOPETROL and its associated companies like OXY have destroyed indigenous cultures and the environment. [...]More »

Amazon Watch’s “Creation Stories” Event Featuring the U’wa People of Colombia Draws Hundreds from the Creative Community

September 26, 2002 | Press Release

On September 24, in collaboration with the Creative Artists Agency Foundation, Amazon Watch hosted an evening with the traditional leaders of the U'wa nation of Colombia who shared their dramatically unfolding "creation story" with select members of the Hollywood community. Mary Stuart Masterson and Julia Butterfly Hill hosted the event, which was attended by more than 200 people. [...]More »

FEATURE-Colombian U'wa Indians Brace for New Battle

July 8, 2002 | Reuters Company News

Cubara, Colombia - Roberto Perez chews a cluster of drycoca leaves as he stands near a precipice overlooking a valley of rainforest and swift rivers. Legend has it that Perez's U'wa Indian ancestors jumped to their deaths froma similar ridge 500 years ago to avoid enslavement by Spanish conquistadors. Perez, a shy and mild-mannered U'wa leader, says his people will not commitmass suicide [...]More »

Witness for Peace report: The Real Costs of Pipeline Protection in Colombia: Corporate Welfare with Deadly Consequences

July 1, 2002 | Report

A Witness for Peace Report from Arauca July 2002 SUMMARY The politically independent human rights group Witness for Peace conducted a thorough on-the-ground study of the potential outcomes of the Bush administration’s proposal to spend $98 million to protect an oil pipeline in Arauca, Colombia. This oil industry resource is half-owned by California-based Occidental Petroleum. [...]More »

Colombia Holds Out for a Big Oil Find

May 21, 2002 | Financial Times

Under rebel threat and with its largest fields in decline, Colombia's oil industry was dealt a new blow this month when one of its loyal foreign investors said it had not found significant reserves. However, despite Occidental's decision to abandon the Sirirý exploration block near the Venezuelan border, where it had hoped to locate an estimated 1.4bn barrels of oil, Ecopetrol, Colombia's state oil company, remains o [...]More »

How a Disappearing Oil Field was the Answer to One Tribe's Prayers Bizarre Campaign Pays Off as US Oil Giant Quits Amazon Project

May 13, 2002 | Guardian

When geologists from US oil giant Oxy found what they believed was one of the largest oil fields in Latin America in 1994, there was jubilation in the company's Los Angeles HQ. Oxy - closely linked to former US presidential candidate Al Gore - was confident enough to tell shareholders there could be 1.4 billion barrels in Colombia's Samore field and a further 900 million barrels in an adjacent area. [...]More »

Occidental Returns Siriri Oil Block to Colombia

May 9, 2002 |

Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum withdrew from an oil field belongingto the indigenous U'wa people, but the company will continue oil extractionin Colombia. [...]More »

Re: Statement to the National and International Public on the Withdrawal of Oxy from U'wa Sacred Territory Kera Chikara

May 7, 2002 | Press Release

Cubará - Boyacá, Colombia - The millennial and historic U'wa Indigenous People of Colombia situated in the departments of Casanare, Arauca, Boyacá, Santander and Norte de Santander, through this statement would like to express thanks from our hearts for the total and unconditional support that we have received from the following national and international organizations in defense of life, culture and the environment.  [...]More »

Oil Co. to Pull Out of Colombia

May 7, 2002 | Associated Press

Bogota - Occidental Petroleum Corp. has stopped looking for oil in the Siriri block in eastern Colombia and plans to withdraw from the zone, a local company spokesman said Tuesday. Occidental's activities in the zone sparked fierce protests from the U'Wa indigenous group, backed by international rights groups. [...]More »

Asunto: Comunicado a la Opinión Pública Nacional e Internacional Frente al Retiro de la Oxy de Territorio Sagrado U'wa Kera Chikara

May 7, 2002 | Press Release

El milenario e histórico Pueblo Indígena U'wa de Colombia con asentamiento en los departamentos de Casanare, Arauca, Boyacá, Santander y Norte de Santander, por medio del presente comunicado queremos agradecer de corazón el apoyo total e incondicional que recibimos por parte de las siguientes organizaciones nacionales e internacionales en defensa de la vida, la cultura y el medio ambiente. Nacionales: Sector [...]More »

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