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New Hydroelectric Dams Endanger Amazonian River Dolphins

By Claire Salisbury / Mongabay Featured photo: The rare sight of an Amazon River Dolphin leaping out of the water. The dolphins are playful and curious, and threatened by hydroelectric dams. © kevinschafer.com A new study finds that as many as 26 dams could put the charismatic Amazon River Dolphin and the freshwater Tucuxi Dolphin at risk. The … Continue reading New Hydroelectric Dams Endanger Amazonian River Dolphins

Brazil authorizes operation of Belo Monte Dam

By Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense via Intercontinental Cry Image: Mural in São Paulo, Brazil (Photo: Monica Kaneko/flickr). Some Rights Reserved Altamira, Brazil. The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) on Tuesday authorized the Belo Monte Dam’s operating license, which allows the dam’s reservoirs to be filled. The authorization was granted despite clear noncompliance with … Continue reading Brazil authorizes operation of Belo Monte Dam

Indigenous Peoples of Yaigojé Apaporis Victorious as Court Ousts Canadian Mining Company

By Hannibal Rhoades / Intercontinental Cry After five years of legal contests and uncertainty, the Colombian Constitutional Court has confirmed that Yaigojé Apaporis, an indigenous resguardo (a legally recognized, collectively owned territory), also has legitimate status as a national park. The decision is cause for celebration for Indigenous Peoples who call the region home. But it … Continue reading Indigenous Peoples of Yaigojé Apaporis Victorious as Court Ousts Canadian Mining Company

Corporate Developers Seize Indigenous Lands in Brazil and Hire Hit Men to Murder Residents

By Renata Bessi and Santiago Navarro F., Translated by Miriam Taylor / Truthout In an effort to make way for new investment projects, the Brazilian government and transnational corporations have been taking over ancestral indigenous lands, triggering a rise in murders of indigenous people in Brazil. According to the report, “Violence Against Indigenous People in Brazil,” recently published … Continue reading Corporate Developers Seize Indigenous Lands in Brazil and Hire Hit Men to Murder Residents

Achuar seize 14 oil wells in Peru, demanding compensation for exploitation

By teleSUR Indigenous communities in Peru occupied 14 oil wells, paralyzing South American energy firm Pluspetrol’s production, in a protest to demand better compensation for the use of their land. Some 380 members of the Achuar community took control of the facilities in Peru’s northern Amazon region of Loreto Monday, halting the production of some 3,100 … Continue reading Achuar seize 14 oil wells in Peru, demanding compensation for exploitation

Waorani warriors attack, shut down oilfield in Ecuador

By Mongabay Indigenous leaders are calling for the release of six tribesmen implicated in a raid on an oilfield in Eastern Ecuador that left six soldiers injured, reports Andina and El Comercio. According to Ecuador’s defense ministry, on January 6th a group of Waorani (Huaorani) tribesmen armed with spears, bows and arrows, blowguns, and firearms … Continue reading Waorani warriors attack, shut down oilfield in Ecuador

Ecuador allows oil drilling in UNESCO reserve in Amazon, home to indigenous avoiding contact

By Agence France-Presse The license comes just days after a petition for a referendum on the project was rejected by the country’s election authorities. The action, signed by Environment Minister Lorena Tapia, gives a state company, Petroamazonas, rights to develop an oil field in part of the forest designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Home to … Continue reading Ecuador allows oil drilling in UNESCO reserve in Amazon, home to indigenous avoiding contact

500 Achuar take control of major oil field in Peru, demand cleanup of spills

By Dan Collyns / The Guardian Around 500 Achuar indigenous protesters have occupied Peru’s biggest oil field in the Amazon rainforest near Ecuador to demand the clean-up of decades of contamination from spilled crude oil. The oilfield operator, Argentine Pluspetrol, said output had fallen by 70% since the protesters occupied its facilities on Monday – … Continue reading 500 Achuar take control of major oil field in Peru, demand cleanup of spills

Peru allows gas company to invade “protected” indigenous reserve

By David Hill / Mongabay The Peruvian government has approved plans for gas company Pluspetrol to move deeper into a supposedly protected reserve for indigenous peoples and the buffer zone of the Manu National Park in the Amazon rainforest. The approval follows the government rescinding a highly critical report on the potential impacts of the … Continue reading Peru allows gas company to invade “protected” indigenous reserve

Ecuador’s highest court upholds $9 billion fine against Chevron for ecocide and genocide

By Amazon Watch In a major setback for Chevron, the Ecuadorian National Court issued its long-awaited decision in favor of a $9 billion pollution judgment against Chevron upholding and affirming lower court rulings. The court’s decision is final. In its 222-page opinion, the supreme court affirmed earlier decisions by a Lago Agrio court and the … Continue reading Ecuador’s highest court upholds $9 billion fine against Chevron for ecocide and genocide