Ministry of Environment, Quito, Ecuador: Stop Selling Last of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest to Oil Companies
  • Petitioned Dr. Wilson Rojas

This petition was delivered to:

Convention on Biological Diversity-Coordinador de la Unidad de Bioseguridad
Dr. Wilson Rojas
Director General de Medio Ambiente
Mr. Daniel V Ortega Pacheco
Lawyer of Medio Ambiente
Lic. Gabriela Montoya
Subsecretaria de Capital Natural, Dirección Nacional de Biodiversidad
Dr. Angel Onofa Guayasamin

Ministry of Environment, Quito, Ecuador: Stop Selling Last of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest to Oil Companies

    1. Carla Shaw
    2. Petition by

      Carla Shaw

      Dorset, United Kingdom

(A copy of this Petition will be sent to President Rafael Correa)

On the 8th of August 2012, The Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, has made a deal with The Ministry of Hydrocarbons and PetroPerú Ecuador and signed an agreement to sell 15 blocks of oil reserves under over seventy hundred thousand hectares of primary rainforest, threatening the livelihood of 7 indigenous tribes and the ancestral lands of the Kichwa, Sapara, Shuar, Waorani, Achuar, and Shiwiar Andoas.

The government are opening bids on the ‘Oil Blocks’ in a move to “promote to and facilitate the transport of oil” on November 28, 2012 for interested oil companies, the bidding round will last until May 30, 2013 for international oil companies to purchase blocks 70, 71, 72, 73, 77, 22, 29, 79, 83, 84, 87, 80 and 81, (see map ). These blocks will operate through the formation of a consortium with Ecuador’s state.

This decision will turn the Ecuadorian Amazon into the largest operating oil fields in the whole of the Amazon rainforest that stretches from Ecuador to Colombia, Boliva, Peru and Brazil, destroying tropical rainforest biodiversity, in addition to the livelihood and ancestral territories of hundreds of thousands of indigenous tribes, bringing the largest threat of population displacement and decimation Ecuador has seen since 40 years ago when the country was invaded by Peru, now it attempts to keep corporate peace by selling out the rainforest.

Other repercussions will be diseases amongst the indigenous such as cancer linked to irreversible environmental pollution, it seems that the Ecuadorian government has learned nothing from the historic Chevron and Texaco case, where international oil companies lack the ability to maintain standard safe drilling measures because they are not operating in their own countries.

There will be more careless drilling disasters and oil spills, the heartless destruction of seventy five hundred thousand hectares of primary Amazon rainforest obliterated forever starting now. In the short term what does this large scale destruction of Ecuador’s last rainforest mean for the indigenous population, the end of peace perhaps ?

We will see a rise in military occupation of the Amazon, soldiers will be invading indigenous territories, violently displacing indigenous communities from their ancestral land. An oil pipeline will be built from Peru to Ecuador bringing in large roads and apocalyptic destruction to the primary rainforest and it’s precious biodiversity.

The oil will be transported through the pipeline connecting to the Peruvian border, the “Nor-Peruvian Pipeline” proposed for block 86, the remote Shiwiar territory that I visited.

President Correa will turn Northern Ecuador into a civil war zone in 12 months. To do such a thing can only expect bloodshed of the worst kind by displacing hundreds of thousands of people, there will be a fight against this injustice pressed upon this nation of indigenous people, this not only affects the 7 indigenous tribal groups in the areas of the oil blocks, the Achuar, Shuar and Kichwa de Sarayaku that will have their livelihoods affected also.

President Correa, you once said you held a responsibility for the world to protect the Ecuadorian Rainforest, for money, you easily forget your responsibility to the planet and humanity.

Don’t expect the rest of us not to put up a strong resistance. This is the last of the Ecuadorian Amazon, but we will not give up until the last of us has fought to save it, the Ecuadorian people will not fight alone.

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 Spanish Translation

(Una copia de esta petición será enviada al presidente Rafael Correa)

El 8 de agosto de 2012, el presidente de Ecuador, Rafael Correa, ha llegado a un acuerdo con el Ministerio de Hidrocarburos y Ecuador PetroPerú y firmó un acuerdo para vender 15 bloques de reservas de hidrocarburos en más de setenta mil hectáreas de bosque primario, amenazando el sustento de 7 tribus indígenas y las tierras ancestrales de los Kichwa, Sápara, Shuar, Huaorani, Achuar, Shiwiar y Andoas.

El gobierno está abriendo las ofertas en los "Bloques Petroleros en un movimiento para" promover y facilitar el transporte de petróleo ", el 28 de noviembre de 2012 para las empresas petroleras interesadas, el proceso de licitación se prolongará hasta el 30 de mayo 2013 a las empresas petroleras internacionales para adquirir los bloques 70, 71, 72, 73, 77, 22, 29, 79, 83, 84, 87, 80 y 81, (ver mapa abajo). Estos bloques se operan a través de la formación de un consorcio con el estado de Ecuador.

Esta decisión se enciende la Amazonía ecuatoriana en los campos de petróleo más grandes que operan en el conjunto de la selva amazónica que se extiende desde Ecuador a Colombia, Bolivia, Perú y Brasil, destruyendo la biodiversidad bosque lluvioso tropical, además de los medios de vida y los territorios ancestrales de cientos de miles de las tribus indígenas, con lo que la mayor amenaza de desplazamiento de la población y la aniquilación Ecuador ha visto desde hace 40 años, cuando el país fue invadido por el Perú, ahora se trata de mantener la paz mediante la venta de las empresas fuera de la selva.

Otras consecuencias serán las enfermedades entre la indígena, tales como el cáncer relacionado con la contaminación ambiental irreversible, parece que el gobierno ecuatoriano ha aprendido nada de la Chevron Texaco y el caso histórico, donde las compañías petroleras internacionales carecen de la capacidad para mantener las medidas estándar de perforación seguras porque son no funciona en sus propios países.

Habrá desastres de perforación más descuidados y los derrames de petróleo, la destrucción despiadada de setenta y cinco mil hectáreas de selva primaria en Amazon borró para siempre a partir de ahora. A corto plazo, ¿qué significa esta destrucción a gran escala de la selva tropical de Ecuador último significa para la población indígena, el fin de la paz, tal vez?

Vamos a ver un aumento en la ocupación militar de la Amazonia, los soldados se invadiendo territorios indígenas, desplazando violentamente las comunidades indígenas de sus tierras ancestrales. Un oleoducto será construido desde Perú a Ecuador trayendo grandes carreteras y la destrucción apocalíptica de la selva primaria y es preciosa biodiversidad.

El petróleo se transporta a través de la tubería de conexión a la frontera con Perú, el "Nor-Peruano Pipeline", propuesto por el bloque 86, el territorio Shiwiar remoto que he visitado.

El presidente Correa se convertirá norte de Ecuador en una zona de guerra civil en 12 meses. Para hacer tal cosa sólo puede esperar que el derramamiento de sangre de la peor especie mediante el desplazamiento de cientos de miles de personas, habrá una lucha contra esta injusticia pulsa sobre esta nación de los pueblos indígenas, esto no sólo afecta a los 7 grupos tribales indígenas en las áreas de los bloques de petróleo, los Achuar, Shuar y Kichwa de Sarayaku que tendrán sus medios de vida afectados también.

El presidente Correa, le dijo una vez que realizó una responsabilidad por el mundo para proteger la selva ecuatoriana, por dinero, es fácil olvidarse de su responsabilidad con el planeta y la humanidad.

No espere que el resto de nosotros no poner una fuerte resistencia. Este es el último de la Amazonía ecuatoriana, pero no vamos a renunciar hasta que el último de nosotros ha luchado para salvarlo, el pueblo ecuatoriano no va a luchar solo.

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
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      Carla Shaw
      Petition Organizer

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      Carla Shaw
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      http://amazonwatch.org/news/2012/1128-indigenous-protests-grow-as-ecuador-auctions-amazon-oil-blocks?utm_source=Amazon+Watch+Newsletter+and+Updates&utm_campaign=0382086033-EOA_Winter_2012&utm_medium=email

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    4. Ecuador launches oil block auction amid protests

      Carla Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/28/ecuador-oil-auction-idUSL1E8MR3I120121128 Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:17pm EST

      * Government expects at least $1 billion in investments

      * Indigenous people say jungle at risk, oppose exploration

      By Eduardo Garcia

      QUITO, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Ecuador will launch a licensing round on Wednesday for 13 oil blocks in unspoiled Amazon areas despite opposition from indigenous groups that fear damage to their ancestral lands.

      Ecuador, OPEC's smallest member, is upbeat that it will attract investments worth at least $1 billion in oil exploration projects for the 13 blocks, as well as three more that have been assigned to state-run oil company Petroamazonas.

      Ecuador's oil output has been stagnant at around 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) since 2010 when the government asked oil investors to sign less-profitable service contracts or leave the country. Since then, oil firms have not invested in exploration. (click above link to read more)

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. What will we do to stop the Amazon being sold for Oil?

      Carla Shaw
      Petition Organizer

      We will not remain calm and buy more gasoline for our cars, we will demonstrate, write letters to advocacy websites, newspapers, petition government departments, make presentations at schools and universities, some of us will stand in the path of soldiers and their guns, bulldozers and oil inspectors, we will take to the streets to make our voices heard, we will run our own news campaigns, we will inform and teach our children not to make the same mistakes, we will build communities and workshops on sustainable energy solutions to raise awareness and gain as much support as needed, we will continue to resist until the rainforest and its people are safe, some of us might even give our lives to protect the rainforest, everything we do, no matter how large or small, each of our efforts and sacrifices will affect positive change, we are empowered, we are the majority, we choose what to consume, grow, build, read and create, therefore we have more power than corporations do.

    7. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

      • 11 months ago

      I am a caring citizen of our planet.

      This part is a significant zone for contributing to our environmental future. To sell this last part of Rainforest would be an act of self killing for your country in the long term as well. Achieve short term goals will not help anyone there.

      It is unique to have something link this in a country. Please do not erase this important special sphere of life.

      Best regards

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    • Ryan Galbraith GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      u kidding?

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    • Wojciech Mach LONDYN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      Global responsibility for environment

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    • Martina Neumann GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      hate the industry love the trees!

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    • nadine khatib GERMANY
      • 11 months ago

      loving mother earth !!! fuckers

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