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June 1, 2018By MRAGUncategorized

Oil and gas extraction in Ecuador’s indigenous territoriesAfter learning how oil contamination has affected other indigenous communities, the Waorani people from Pastaza province in Ecuador plan to challenge a possible drilling concession in their own Amazonian territory using a strategy they call “spear and law.” Read about it here: Ecuador: Tribe sees how oil industry … Read More

Mining Concessions in Ecuador

May 30, 2018By MRAGEcuador, Uncategorized

MINING OF PROTECTED RESERVES Many of the mining concessions being handed out in Ecuador are within protected forests and indigenous reserves in outright violation of Ecuador’s Constitution.  No prior consultation occurred with affected communities. The degradation of protected areas, such as Bosques Protectores (Protected Forests), and the spread of mining roads and camps (and eventually mines) … Read More

Clashes at controversial Ecuadorian mine – Rio Blanco

May 26, 2018By MRAGEcuador

CLASHES BETWEEN COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND SECURITY FORCES OVER MINES Heated clashes occurred between community members and security forces at Ecuagold’s Chinese owned Río Blanco mine this past week, with several arrests being made and reports that 3 leaders of the Ecuarunari, the national confederation of the Kichwa people, were abducted by mine workers. This mine … Read More