Say NO to Ecuador's Sham Oil Spill Cleanup!

In April 2020, Ecuador's two major oil pipelines ruptured, spilling an estimated 16,000 barrels of crude into the Coca River. The spill has affected some 27,000 Kichwa Indigenous people who drink, bathe, fish, swim, and depend on the river for clean water – especially during a pandemic.

But instead of forcing the two pipeline operators – Petroecuador and the OCP Consortium – to properly clean up the spill, Ecuador's Ministry of the Environment and Water is protecting the polluters.

Tell Ecuador's environmental agency to start doing its job, stop colluding with the oil industry, and force pipeline operators to properly clean up their toxic mess!

Photo Credit: Fotografia Telmo Ibarburu

8,306 people have taken this action so far.

TO: Minister Paulo Proaño
CC: Presidents of PetroEcuador and OCP Consortium, Minister of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources, and Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno

Petroecuador and OCP must be held accountable for their oil spill into the Coca River and the government must ensure a full remediation and restoration of the river in consultation with affected communities.

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TO: Minister Paulo Proaño
CC: Ricardo Merino, President of PetroEcuador
Andrés Mendizabal, President of OCP Consortium
Rene Ortiz, Minister of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources
Lenin Moreno, President of Ecuador

In April 2020, Ecuador's two major oil pipelines ruptured, spilling an estimated 16,000 barrels of crude into the Coca River. The spill has affected the lives and health of 27,000 Kichwa Indigenous people, who depend on the rivers and clean water for daily survival, especially during a pandemic.

The Ministry must not allow both pipeline operators – Petroecuador and the OCP consortium – to hastily end clean up efforts when evidence of ongoing contamination remains. Equally disturbing are the guarantees made to local communities that the water is safe to use, when it is not.

We urge you to hold Petroecuador and OCP accountable, ensure a full remediation and restoration of the river in consultation with affected communities, and provide long-term monitoring of spill impacts.

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