Ecuadorean Voters May Decide Fate of Yasuni National Park

Environment News Service: Decisions in two branches of Ecuador`s government have set the stage for a final battle over oil extraction in Yasuni National Park, a mega-diverse rainforest reserve in that country`s portion of the Amazon Basin where President Rafael Correa has decided to drill for oil. Last Thursday, Ecuador`s congress approved drilling in two oil concessions in the northeast corner of Yasuni National Park -- the Ishpingo, Tambococha and Tiputini (ITT) block and the adjacent block 31, which together hold more......

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