The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "Ecuador" ...
More than 15 years ago, Ecuadorean residents sued Texaco for contaminating the Amazon Rain Forest with crude oil. The "oil waste pits" built by Texaco, now owned by Chevron, continue to leak toxins into the "region's waterways." According to an agreement between the company and the Ecuadorean government, Chevron is to cleanup 40 percent of the mess; however, the company "admitted" there is no record of all the contaminated sites.
Brown covered the story of immigration from Ecuador to Queens County, NY, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, from both ends of the journey. He found that Ecuadoreans bring their prejudices with them, such as anti-gay opinions and a belief in the inevitability of corrpution in politics. But they also send money back home that keeps the country's economy afloat.
This story looked at the conflict between Californians' consumption of resources and their environmental protection tendencies. The reporters tracked down some of the top exporters of California-bound products-oil, lumber, fish-and followed those products to their sources. They found there was environmental destruction on a scale that would never be allowed in the state of California. In two of the three cases, native indigenous people were those being harmed the most.
Tags: California Building Industry; environmental destruction; oil; lumber; fish; environmental protection; SUV; conservation; preservation; waste; gasoline; wood; paper; forest; Amazon rain forest; Ecuador; rainwater; oil companies; pollution; pipeline; environmental law; Canadian Boreal Trust; Canada's boreal forest; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; trees; California's Integrated Waste Management Board; newspaper recycling; California Air Resources board; Canada's rockfish; trawling net; Trout Unlimited; trawl quota
Esquire tells the story of eight Americans who have been kidnapped by guerrillas in Ecuador and kept in the jungles for more than five months. The article reveals that the families of the kidnapped men have been told lies by the negotiators - for example, that hostages would not be harmed. One of the men, Ron Sanders of Missouri, was killed, because the American organizations negotiating with the ninjas failed to achieve a deal on the amount of the ransom to be paid. Kidnapping has become a business in countries like Ecuador, the magazine reports.
MSNBC.com "was the first to uncover a scandal that would ultimately lead to the ouster of Peru's President Alberto Fujimori." The reporters found that "guns had made their way to a variety of groups in the region, spreading Colombia's war across borders to Ecuador."
Much of the oil sought by Occidental Petroleum is under Indian land. In the Peruvian Amazon, OXY "polluted principal water sources used by several groups of Indians in the Peruvian Amazon. It did so for close to 30 years, at a time when the region lacked the protection of environmental laws. People in the region say they're still living with this legacy. The second half of the story takes place in Ecuador [where] ... the company uses more modern technology and is notably cleaner. But as the indigenous movement has strengthened and sometimes hampered oil drilling, Occidental has used coercive methods to gain approval for exploration."
An outline of the process by which a 1994 agreement between Arco International Oil and Gas and the Organization of Indigenous Peoples of Pastaza was reached. Progress that has been made as well as the larger lessons that Arco's unique experience holds for hydrocarbon companies working to build relationships with indigenous peoples elsewhere are examined.
Tags: Texaco Natural resources