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Let the exploitation begin: Ecuador issues drilling permits for untouched corner of the Amazon – Salon

Date: May 23, 2014

An untouched corner of the Amazon, one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth, is officially open for exploitation. Ecuador’s government has issued environmental permits for oil drilling in the 6,500-square-mile Yasuni natural park — roads will be built, and production may begin as soon as 2016.