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Ecuador: Oil spill in Amazon rainforest ‘could have been avoided’

More than a million litres of oil spilled in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador after a pipeline ruptured on January 28. The company that manages the pipeline said it was damaged by falling rocks, brought down by erosion and heavy rain, claiming that the incident “could not have been foreseen”. But our Observer says this excuse isn’t enough.

The pipeline, managed by the private company OCP, is located in Ecuador, at the border of Napo and Sucumbíos provinces.

The equivalent of 6,300 barrels of oil – more than a million litres – flowed into the nearby Coca and Napo rivers. The spill impacted up to 21,000 square metres of the Cayambe-Coca reserve, a protected area.

View the full article on France 24’s Observers here.



#Factsmatter: An international arbitration panel found ‘no cogent evidence’ supporting #Ecuador’s claim that #Texaco failed to comply with terms of remediation in #Amazon.
The @WSJ sums this case up nicely, “[Steven Donziger] and his team fabricated evidence, promised $500,000 to an #Ecuadorean judge to rule in their favor, ghostwrote much of the final verdict and took other actions that ‘perverted’ the course of #justice. Mr. Donziger disputes the…
Shameless. Disbarred and convicted of criminal contempt of court for bribing an Ecuadorian judge in an attempted extortion scheme, @SDonziger is nonetheless accepting invitations to speak at #climate rallies. Read more about this adjudicated racketeer:
Sworn testimony: While Texaco met its environmental obligations in the Amazon, #Ecuador’s national oil company did “absolutely nothing” to address its own remediation in the area. #FactsMatter:
DENIED: @SCOTUS rejects hearing case of Steven Donziger, who bribed Ecuadorian judge in failed effort to bilk Chevron for billions of dollars.

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