Posted on 15 January 2010 by admin
Por Kerry Kennedy
LAGO AGRIO, ECUADOR, Dic (IPS) – Las huellas del para√≠so est√°n todav√≠a visibles. Desde el aire, la regi√≥n selv√°tica del norte de Ecuador -conocida como el Oriente- parece un tapiz de niebla plateada y franjas de verde verdoso.
Posted on 15 December 2009 by admin
By Kerry Kennedy, from Lago Agrio, Ecuador *
LAGO AGRIO, Ecuador (IPS/TerraViva) – Traces of paradise are still visible. From the air, the rainforest region in northern Ecuador ‚Äď known as the Oriente ‚Äď appears as silvery mist and swaths of verdant green.
But beneath the cloud cover and canopy, the jungle is a tangle of oil slicks, festering sludge, and rusted pipeline. Smokestacks sprout from the ground, spewing throat-burning fumes into the air. Wastewater from unlined pits seeps into the groundwater and flows into the rivers and streams.