Quote from Rick Bass, Petroleum Geologist, 1989
"I want to stamp on the ground hard enough to make that oil come out. I want to skip legalities, permits, red tape, and other obstacles. I want to go immediately and straight to what matters: getting that oil."
Huaorani chant, translated by Laura Rival: "Look at the land. Our Grandfather lived here. So do we. It is our land here, here we used to live. Stranger, touring around you will not come. We lived over these hills, we still do, because the forest is our life."
REF: On the Huaorani and the oil company Maxus who wants to build a freeway through the Huaorani territory to exploit oil reserves:
The construction of the freeway will also cause irreversable sedimentation, erosion, and pollution. The movement during the construction will cause great sedimentation that along with the force of the tropical rains could be devastating to the region damaging the entire ecosistem throught the streams and rivers. It will also provoke irreversable changes in the morphology and topography of the area. The machines used will also be releasing a large amount of pollutants in this previously untouched area.
As a consequence of the deforestation there will be a great loss of plant species of low population density which could lead to the extinction of some species. The deforestation will also have a very strong impact on animals of prey in the area which need extensive areas to hunt. An example of this is the shrew eagle which is a sacred bird that lives year to year in the same tree. Also the sounds of construction will scare away the wildlife of the area.
The colonization of area after the construction of the highway is inevitable because there is no way to efectively control it. Under the document, "Terminos de referencia para la construccion de puentes y caminos," all freeways are public and free for transit. Even if the management plan included control sites to control colonization as is planned, there is no way to control the colonizers during the construction. Construction of other highways in the Amazon has shown this in the past. Other areas of the Amazon have shown that the military is the principle colonizer, and the military is who is proposed to control the colonization if the highway is built.
Even if the proposed military control of the highway succeeds to deter colonists, once Maxus leaves there is no guarantee that the military control will continue.
The topsoils along the sides of the proposed highway are of clay, with low fertility and with toxic aluminum. This is according to the "Mapa Morfo-Edafologico de la Provincia de Napo." It is recommended to protect the area because with the introduction of colonization the topsoil will lose all of its plant cover and the area will become desert. Similar things have happened in the zone of Cuyabeno, where the topsoil is even better than in the Block 16.
With the proposed solution that the highway be militarized, the Huaorani will have to live in a militarized area and always carry identification cards with them. Also the oil company will have control of the area.
If this area follows the example of what occurred in other regions, the Huaorani people run the threat of extinction.
Send Faxes and whatever you can. Stress the fact that the petroleum in that area isnt even very profitable too. The petroleum in that area is really of a very low quality.
Arq. Sixto Duran Ballen
Fax # 593-2-515-408
Mr. C.L. Blackburn
Maxux Energy Corporation
Mr. William Hatton
Campan~a Amazonica por la Vida Fax 593-2-506-617
CONAIE 593-2-442-271 (All International calls need International Dialing Code 011 or others, make sure you get it).
(Posted to Native-l on 14 Dec 1992 email@example.com (Guillermo Delgado))