Stop the Destruction of the Ecuadorian Amazon

Ecuador's state oil company Petroamazonas routinely pollutes and recently spilled 660,000 gallons of crude oil into Amazonian rivers affecting indigenous communities. Tell Ecuador's Minister of the Environment to ensure a full cleanup and to prevent further destruction by stopping any new drilling today!

Stop the Destruction of the Ecuadorian Amazon

Dear Minister Tapia:

We ask you to publicly condemn the massive oil spill into the Aguarico and Parahuaico rivers; ensure that the area is fully remediated and affected communities are appropriately compensated; and revoke Petroamazonas' licenses for future drilling.

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English Translation:

Dear Minister Tapia,

We – as global citizens concerned about the future of the Amazon and indigenous rights – write to you to express our alarm over Petroamazonas' July 2 oil spill. We are concerned that your ministry has not condemned the spill nor forced Petroamazonas to compensate the communities. We are worried that unless you use your executive power to prohibit Petroamazonas from extending its operations into Yasuní and the south central Amazon, disasters like this will become increasingly commonplace.

Petroamazonas has publicly stated that it spilled 2,000 barrels, but a confidential source at Petroamazonas has admitted that the spill was actually 15,700 barrels – roughly 660,000 gallons of crude – making it one of the largest oil spills since Texaco's tenure. The oil spilled contaminated the Aguarico and Parahuaico rivers where the indigenous Cofan, Secoya, Kichwa and Shuar communities drink, bathe, and fish. While the crude also contaminated the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, an area that your ministry is responsible for protecting, you have yet to condemn the spill.

Most disturbingly, while your office reports an oil spill nearly every week, you continue to greenlight Petroamazonas' plans to expand its drilling to the most biologically diverse and culturally fragile parts of the Amazon. We call upon you to revoke Petroamazonas' licenses in Yasuní (blocks 31 and 43) and to deny its requests to operate in the south central Amazon (blocks 79, 83, 29, and 28).

We appreciate your time and hope that you that will take this opportunity to condemn the July 2nd oil spill, ensure proper compensation and clean-up, and ensure that these types of disasters do not spread to the rest of the Amazon by revoking Petroamazonas' licenses.

Sincerely,

Your Name

Original Spanish:

Estimada Ministra Tapia,

Nosotros – como ciudadanos globales preocupados sobre el futuro de la Amazona y los pueblos indígenas – le escribimos para expresar nuestra preocupación sobre el derrame de Petroamazonas el pasado 2 de Julio. Estamos preocupados porque que su Ministerio no ha condenado ni esforzado a Petroamazonas a que recompense a las comunidades afectadas. Estamos preocupados de que si usted no usa su poder ejecutivo a prohibir Petroamazonas de extender sus operaciones dentro del Yasuní y la Amazonía centro sur, estos desastres volverán a ser mucho más común.

Petroamazonas ha pronunciado que se derramaron 2.000 barriles, pero un informante confidencial dentro de Petroamazonas ha confiado que en realidad se derramaron 15.700 barriles – aproximadamente 660.000 galones de crudo – realizando uno de los derrames más expansivos desde la época de Texaco. El derrame contaminó los ríos Aguarico y Parahuaico, donde los Cofan, Secoya, Kichwa y Shuar se bañan, toman agua, y pescan. Aunque la Reserva de Vida Silvestre de Cuyabeno es bajo la protección de su ministerio, usted no ha condenado al derrame que ha impactado el área.

Lo que causa más inquietud es que aunque su oficina reporta sobre derrames petroleros cada semana, usted sigue dando la luz verde a Petroamazonas a expandir sus operaciones hacia los áreas con la mayor biodiversidad y con pueblos vulnerables. Le pidemos que revoque la licencia de Petroamazonas en los bloque 31 y 43 en Yasuní y negar su petición de operar en bloque 79, 83, 29 y 28 en el centro sur de la Amazonía.

Le agradecemos su tiempo y esperamos que usted tomará esta oportunidad de condenar el derrame del 2 de Julio, asegurando propia compensación y limpieza, y que revoque las licencias de Petroamazonas a asegurar que no haya propagar que estes tipos de desastres no se extiendan al resto de la Amazonía.

Sinceramente,

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