Posts Categorized: Legacy of Oil

Oil Is Not Life in the Amazon

By Alex Goff, International Field Coordinator The reality of oil in the Ecuadorian Amazon is a series of contrasts: the fuel of the global economic engine pumped out from under a land of prehistoric forests and ancient cultures; the political rhetoric of development and national sovereignty alongside the reality of the highest poverty level in […]

18 Years of Fighting Oil

Lago Agrio, Ecuador – The sprawl of scorched pavement and crumbling cement buildings in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. This city, once a small oil boom town founded by Texaco in the late 1960s (and given, appropriately, the name “Sour Lake” after Texaco’s hometown in Texas) is now a bewildering and feverish mess of […]