Saturday, August 04, 2007

+Oil exploitation in the Amazon basin of Ecuador: a public health emergency

he Amazon basin of Ecuador, known as el Oriente (the provinces of Sucumbios, Orellana, Napo, Pastaza, Morona Santiago, and Zamora-Chinchipe), consists of more than 100 000 km2 of tropical rain forest lying at the headwaters of the Amazon river network. The region contains one of the most diverse collections of plant and animal life in the world

Current oil production activities in the Oriente region span nearly one million hectares, with over 300 producing wells and 29 production camps. The country has 4.6 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, with crude production of around 390 000 barrels per day. Of this production, Petroecuador, the Government-owned company, accounts for about 55% of Ecuador's total output,

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