November 25, 2003

New Threat to Ecuadoran Rainforest

"they're still doing things that would never even be contemplated
in the United States, Europe or any of the industrialized world,"
said Kenny Bruno, with EarthRights International

...things have changed since the election of Rafael Correa. This short lived threat was mostly abated even prior to his election in 2006.

(11-24-03) Houston Chronicle

Houston-based Burlington Resources has plans to explore the region for oil, despite widespread opposition from local indigenous groups. Burlington and an Argentine company hold rights to explore a combined area of nearly 1 million acres.
That's an area about two-thirds the size of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, another sensitive region oil companies have eyed for exploration. The Ecuadorian rainforest happens to be closer to Houston. But because this controversy is unfolding in a foreign country, it has gone largely ignored by the U.S. media.

full story at Amazon Watch