When the oil company arrived in the region, an area of more than 400,000 hectares was pristine rainforest inhabited by indigenous communities living in the ancestral style, in harmony with their natural habitat. Nearly three decades later, when Texco pulled out, a vast area had been environmentally devastated.Today, dozens of communities continue to suffer severe health effects, including surging rates of cancer. Meanwhile, indigenous communities have been dispossessed of their traditional homelands and more than a million hectares of ancient and irreplaceable rainforests adjacent to the company’s pipelines and production facilities have been leveled.
Simeon Tegel of Amazon Watch joins CKUT’s Joe Broadhurst to discuss landmark trial after devastation in Ecuador. (11:30) (mp3 IS HERE)