Posted on 15 January 2010 by admin
Por Kerry Kennedy
LAGO AGRIO, ECUADOR, Dic (IPS) – Las huellas del paraÃso estÃ¡n todavÃa visibles. Desde el aire, la regiÃ³n selvÃ¡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 â€“ known as the Oriente â€“ 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.