We didn’t expect to be travelling this far up the Marañon River. The original plan was to enter the Pacaya Samiria reserve for an evaluation of oil spills on a very limited budget. The budget had to be stretched even further when at least two-thousand barrels of oil burst from the Ducto Norperuano in June of 2014 and the president of the indigenous Cocama federation asked us to make an emergency visit to the site.
Join Dick Kamp, Director of E-Tech International and Mary Charlotte Domandi of KSFR-FM Santa Fe in a lively discussion of E-Tech's groundbreaking work in bringing scientific environmental analysis and training to struggling indigenous communities in South America facing large-scale mining, oil-development and pollution.
E-Tech hydrogeologist, Ricardo Segovia, was quoted in an article from the Indian Country Today Network about the effects of oil production on water and soil conditions on communities in Block 8X, Peru.
Richard Kamp, Ann Maest, and Ricardo Segovia discussed the role of independent scientific evaluations in indigenous communities' response to large-scale oil and gas and mining development during a briefing for funders in San Fransisco on February 25, 2014.
Peter Kostishack is program director for Global Greengrants Fund and a board member for E-Tech and International Funders for Indigenous People (IFIP). On February 25, 2014, Peter opened a funders' briefing in San Francisco co-sponsored by Swift and MacArthur Foundations, IFIP, and Global Greengrants Fund on the use of science in supporting indigenous prior and informed consent with an unusual metaphor.
We have posted photos from an E-Tech visit to Pluspetrol/Occidental sites along the Maranon River in Block 8 of Loreto, Peru, in September 2013, that was supported by multiple foundations. We have also included links to a report written by E-Tech hydrogeologist Ricardo Segovia about the results of soil monitoring in the area.
On March 30, 2012, at the Universidad Catolica in Lima, Peru, E-Tech and the Universidad Catolica Centro Cultural presented a Spanish-language translation of "The Real Avatar."