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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

Indigenous leader tortured, killed after opposing major mining project in Ecuador

By Jonathan Watts / The Guardian The body of an indigenous leader who was opposed to a major mining project in Ecuador has been found bound and buried, days before he planned to take his campaign to climate talks in Lima. The killing highlights the violence and harassment facing environmental activists in Ecuador, following the … Continue reading Indigenous leader tortured, killed after opposing major mining project 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

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

Armed indigenous community forces Petroamazonas to abandon oil project in Ecuador

By Jonathan Watts / The Guardian An indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon has won a reprieve after building up an arsenal of spears, blowpipes, machetes and guns to fend off an expected intrusion by the army and a state-run oil company. The residents of Sani Isla expressed relief that a confrontation with Petroamazonas did … Continue reading Armed indigenous community forces Petroamazonas to abandon oil project in Ecuador

Peru and Ecuador auctioning off indigenous land in Amazon to oil industry

By Darrin Mortenson / Alianza Arkana Even as indigenous people struggle to cope with current levels of contamination and illness caused by years of oil production in the Amazon, the governments of Peru and Ecuador are preparing to sell off even more Amazonian territory to the oil industry in coming months. Starting in November, Peru’s … Continue reading Peru and Ecuador auctioning off indigenous land in Amazon to oil industry

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Chevron’s pleas against US$19 billion fine

By Jeff Gray / The Globe and Mail Chevron Corp. has lost a bid to have the U.S. Supreme Court consider its call for a worldwide ban on attempts to collect on a controversial $19-billion (U.S.) environmental judgment levelled against the company in Ecuador. The decision comes with lawyers in Canada poised to battle in … Continue reading US Supreme Court refuses to hear Chevron’s pleas against US$19 billion fine

Chevron may suffer “irreparable damage” from Ecuador’s $18 billion judgement

By Amazon Defense Coalition A new financial analysis has found that Chevron’s $18 billion Ecuador environmental liability poses a threat of “irreparable damage” to the oil major’s global operations if the plaintiffs make good on their promise to launch legal actions to enforce the judgment in countries where Chevron has billions of dollars in assets. … Continue reading Chevron may suffer “irreparable damage” from Ecuador’s $18 billion judgement

151 new dam projects in Amazon basin pose dire threat to rainforest ecology

By Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay More than 150 new dams planned across the Amazon basin could significantly disrupt the ecological connectivity of the Amazon River to the Andes with substantial impacts for fish populations, nutrient cycling, and the health of Earth’s largest rainforest, warns a comprehensive study published in the journal PLoS ONE. Scouring … Continue reading 151 new dam projects in Amazon basin pose dire threat to rainforest ecology

Lawyer representing Chevron dismisses indigenous victims of oil contamination as “irrelevant”

By Amazon Defense Coalition A lead Chevron lawyer has made the preposterous claim that the 30,000 Ecuadorian victims of the oil giant’s contamination are “irrelevant” to the court case that led to an $18 billion judgment against the company. Doak Bishop, a Chevron lawyer from the American firm King & Spalding, said the following before a … Continue reading Lawyer representing Chevron dismisses indigenous victims of oil contamination as “irrelevant”