Stop Drilling in Ecuador

Stop Drilling in Ecuador

This weekend an uncommon request was made when it comes to oil: Ecuador’s government wants to stop drilling. This negotiation with oil firms is being made in order to protect an area of the Amazon that is inhabited by indigenous peoples who have secluded themselves from the rest of the world.

"The attorney general's office considers urgent the exit of oil companies from the protected areas, via a negotiation," the office of Attorney General Xavier Garaicoa said in a statement.

President Rafael Correa, a former college professor who taught environmental economics, has vowed to protect the tribes from development after reports of deadly clashes between Indians wielding spears and illegal loggers armed with guns.

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