Andes Petroleum commits another crime against Nature & Humanity in the Ecuadorian Amazon
THE AMAZON PINK DOLPHIN’S VOICE-25/11/2013
On October 2013, SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras’ oil monitoring patrols uncovered that China’s Andes Petroleum was committing another crime against Nature and Humanity.
In an extremely isolated area of Ecuador’s Cuyabeno National Park, the Chinese oil company has illegally entered our Amazon Reserve of Peace, Aguas Negras, and literally raised several hectares of primary rainforest to the ground.
As an assault on Nature, this has been very painful to see and very difficult to digest. According to the United Nations and the WWF, this precise area holds the World record of biodiversity per square centimetre and forms the headwaters of two major tributaries of the Amazon River basin.
Furthermore, the SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras Reserve is located upstream from Cuyabeno’s ecologically sensitive breeding lakes, crucial for the survival of the endangered fresh water pink dolphin and innumerable other species. The region also acquires additional protected status as it incorporates ancestral lands of the Siona Nationality, and the Aguas Negras River flows directly into two important Siona communities, who rely on this source for drinking water and fish.
What is particularly disturbing is the reason behind Andes Petroleum’s destruction of this universally significant rainforest. They were building toxic waste disposal pools, which drain directly into the environment and into the communities.
This is a criminal act.
The Netherland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has in their possession, water samples of similar Andes Petroleum pools. The level of toxic pollution, the impact of Aluminium sulphates, constitutes a horrific crime against the Amazon.
It goes without saying that our executive president, Mariana Almeida, has initiated the appropriate legal actions. Two weeks ago, and in response to the formal complaint lodged by Mrs. Almeida, the Ministry of Environment cited Andes Petroleum within the field inspection that established the scene and motives of the crime.
“Oops Mrs. Almeida, Andes Petroleum has made a slight mistake” was the only excuse that their employees could muster.
The future will see how slight a mistake this is in reality. SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras has requested legal council from Dr. Judith Kimerling, who will guide the national and international proceedings this case against Andes Petroleum merits. Similarly we are in discussion with our partners in order to implement the several campaigns that the lawsuit requires.
We invite all concerned persons to give their opinion. Your insight and support is invaluable to us.
Editorial: SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras
Gustavo López Ospina
Pieter Jan Brouwer
Assistant: Emilia Romero
SELVA Vida Sin Fronteras acknowledges Kevin Schafer’s important contribution towards protecting the highly endangered Amazon pink fresh water dolphin. Title photographs of our “The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice” were taken by Mr. Schafer.