31 Mar '16, 12am

A Journey to the Front Lines of Ecuador's Next Oil Battle

UPDATE: As we write, the Ecuadorian government has just announced that it began drilling the controversial ITT (Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini) oil field in Yasuní National Park. The well platform, known as Tiputini C, is on the border of the park, while the rest of the field and Block 43 concession overlaps what is widely understood as one of the most biodiverse places on the planet and home to indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation. The government hopes to extract the first oil by the end of 2016. Several hours down the fast-moving Bobonaza River, churning brown with sediment and swollen from recent rains, our dugout canoe careened around the bend, forest on each side, and came upon a bridge spanning the river. Kids were strewn across it, jumping into the water, in an afternoon post-school ritual. We had arrived in Sarayaku, the pillar of resistance to resource e...

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