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Fluye el petróleo, sangra la selva

-Graffiti en Quito - Ecuador

Keep the oil in the soil and the coal in the hole

-Conference of Polluters - COP17 - Durban 2011

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Noticias

Ecuador: The Last Push For A Chance Of A Reprieve On Yasuní

Life Arts Media

arbol-PB"Do you agree that the Ecuadorean government should keep the crude in the ITT, known as block 43, underground indefinitely?"

This is the question that will be put to a national referendum in Ecuador if 584,000 signatures are collected (5% of registered voters in a country of 15 million people) before the deadline of 12th April 2014. Over 50% of the signatures required, have been collected so far but a concerted effort will be needed to meet the target over the next month.

Read more: Ecuador: The Last Push For A Chance Of A Reprieve On Yasuní

Chevron wins US ruling on $9.5bn Ecuador payout

BBC

chevron-winOil giant Chevron has won a US court ruling against a $9.5bn (£5.7bn) payout to residents of Ecuador's Amazon region.

Ecuadorian courts ordered Chevron to pay damages to residents of the Lago Agrio region in 2011 and 2013.

They accused Texaco, now owned by Chevron, of dumping toxic waste and spilling oil over an 18-year period.

But a US judge said that ruling was "obtained by corrupt means", and US courts could not be used to enforce it.

"The decision in the Lago Agrio case was obtained by corrupt means," said US District Judge Lewis Kaplan. "The defendants here may not be allowed to benefit that in any way."

Read more: Chevron wins US ruling on $9.5bn Ecuador payout

PetroChina en Ecuador en medio de graves denuncias de corrupción

La Gran Época

88723536El pasado mes de agosto el presidente de Ecuador Rafael Correa comunicaba su decisión de abrir la explotación petrolera en el Parque Yasuní, luego en septiembre, lanzó la campaña "La mano sucia de Chevron", que denuncia el daño ambiental causado por esta transnacional en el Amazonas.

"En el 2009 Correa era elogiado por los ambientalistas por no permitir las perforaciones en Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tuputini -o ITT- un área rica en petróleo en el Parque Nacional Yasuní (...) pero el mismo año el ministro de Planificación Económica de Ecuador preparó una presentación privada para el equipo de Correa, donde prometió hacer "el mayor esfuerzo para apoyar a PetroChina y Andes Petroleum (también china), en la exploración en ITT", aseguró Reuters el pasado 26 de noviembre.

Read more: PetroChina en Ecuador en medio de graves denuncias de corrupción

Las ofertas para 17 campos petroleros tienen más plazo

El Comercio

Infografia-ofertas-campos-petroleros-plazo ECMIMA20140108 0071 44Las ofertas para incorporar nueva tecnología en 17 campos de la estatal Petroamazonas se receptarán este 24 de enero.

En principio, hoy era la fecha límite para la recepción de propuestas, pero se postergó dos semanas "en función de múltiples pedidos de varias compañías participantes, que solicitaron una extensión (...) para poder presentar sus ofertas", indicó Petroamazonas a este Diario a través de un correo electrónico.

Este es el segundo proyecto más importante del Gobierno para incorporar reservas de crudo en el mediano plazo.

De concretarse esta licitación se espera la llegada de empresas petroleras y de servicios -nacionales y extranjeras- que introduzcan nuevos procesos de extracción de crudo en 17 campos antiguos de Petroamazonas, donde cada vez es más difícil sacar petróleo.

Read more: Las ofertas para 17 campos petroleros tienen más plazo

Oilwatch to Ecuadorian president: Keep oil firms out of Yasuni-ITT

EnviroNews

Rafael-CorreaPresident of the Republic of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has been urged by Oilwatch International not to permit the extraction of crude oil from Yasuni-ITT in order to protect the region from environmental damage.

Correa

In a recent correspondent to Correa, the environment watchdog group told the president to stand firm and continue to show leadership in the area of sound environmental management.

The letter reads:

"We are shocked by the announcement you made on 15 August 2013 that you would permit crude oil extraction in the Yasuni-ITT. We strongly believe that the original decision to leave the oil in this pristine territory in the ground was the right decision and that the decision should not be revised or changed for any reason. We hereby declare our support for the original initiative to refrain from exploitation of the heavy crude oil of Yasuni-ITT.

Read more: Oilwatch to Ecuadorian president: Keep oil firms out of Yasuni-ITT  

Anti-fracking mobilization suppressed and indigenous houses burnt due to resistance over Chevron-YPF agreement

OPSUR

antifrakargThe agreement [1] between Chevron and YPF needed Neuquén's parliament ratification due to federal sovereignty over natural resources. Since civil society's participation was not allowed at any stage, a pacific mobilization –organized by unions, mapuche Confederation, political parties and the Neuquén's Platform Against Fracking, among others- was conducted to raise the voice against this agreement. The main issues expressed where fracking's environmental and sanitary consequences, sovereignty violation and the possibility to export a strategic resource.

Read more: Anti-fracking mobilization suppressed and indigenous houses burnt due to resistance over...

OPEN LETTER TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF ECUADOR

14 August 2013

The fate of the Yasuni-ITT initiative supported by 90 per cent of the Ecuadorian population now rests with the National Assembly and what it decides to do or not to do.

The Assembly has already made one decision by omission when it failed to denounce the environmental license granted to PetroAmazonas for Block 31 – even though the license legally requires the Assembly's authorization. This omission allowed the so-called Yasuni Plan B to advance.

Pursuant to Article 407, and in consideration of the fact that that it has already pronounced on two occasions against the exploitation of oil in ITT (14 March 2008 and 8 December 2009), the National Assembly should now act to protect nature and peoples in voluntary isolation, and if there is any doubt what lies in the national interest, should conduct a referendum on the issue.

Read more: OPEN LETTER TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF ECUADOR