Country-specific project pages are currently under construction. They will serve as a hub for news, photos, and reports from all of E-Tech's current and past projects. Here are three examples of the kind of work we are doing around the world:
In Peru, E-Tech is a technical representative for multiple indigenous federations in Loreto and works with national governmental agencies; regional (state-equivalent) governments in Cusco and Loreto; and professional, academic, and civil society groups. In February 2006, Following five pipeline ruptures in 18 months, we independently audited the Camisea natural gas/natural gas liquids pipeline and accurately predicted a future pipeline break, effectively pressuring for a 2007 official audit. From 2009 to 2012, E-Tech, with the Department of Cusco, held annual fora with diverse participants to discuss monitoring, best oilfield practices, and prior and informed consent. Since 2006, E-Tech has provided requested technical assistance and training to indigenous federations in the Rio Corrientes- Pastaza-Maranon-Tigre region in Loreto/northern Peru including publication of a best oilfield practices manual for tropical rainforests. Bill Powers initially developed and oversaw a cleanup plan for the area that fast-tracked deep-well injection of oilfield brines and initiated a partial cleanup of crude spills, and helped prevent violence. Under an indigenous-Loreto-national government accord, E-Tech’s Ricardo Segovia, Bill Powers, and Mark Quarles began a comprehensive evaluation of Loretto oilfield environmental conditions and remediation options in 2013. Our work for indigenous federations will continue through at least 2015, in collaboration with national and regional governments and civil society, to identify remediation approaches, expand technical capacity of indigenous monitors, and help strengthen regulations. Elsewhere, in 2014, E-Tech will be conducting workshops on oilfield best practices in the Manu biosphere region and examining the environmental impacts of smaller-scale mining in the Peruvian Cordillera del Condor.
In Ecuador, where E-Tech conducted technical analyses for the controversial Chevron-Texaco oil case, we are evaluating proposed large-scale, fast-tracked metal mining projects in the highly biodiverse Cordillera del Condor, Amazonian headwaters area of southeastern Ecuador. Much of our work has focused on evaluating potential water quality impacts from the Chinese-owned Mirador open-pit copper project. We have been conducting Spanish-language analyses, with independent funding, for a Shuar federation and local communities, the governor/prefect of the province of Zamora Chinchipe, and in the past for the national ministry of the environment (MAE). At the request of indigenous federations and confederations and the province of Zamora Chinchipe, E-Tech is developing audio-visual tools to explain large-scale mining and the associated potential environmental impacts and bring the concerns of local communities to the national and international stage. Continuing onward, we are investigating how to establish independent, long-term, community water monitoring, and we are developing training workshops on the environmental impacts of smaller-scale mercury-based gold mining in Esmeraldas and Cuenca.
In Guatemala, E-Tech’s Dr. Ann Maest conducted an analysis for local communities and Oxfam America of predicted and actual water quality at the Marlin Mine. We evaluated all available water quality data (from Goldcorp, two national agencies, an independent monitoring program funded largely by Goldcorp, and an opposing community monitoring program). In August 2010, E-Tech’s Dick Kamp and Ann Maest presented our findings and recommendations to government regulators, the public, the Guatemalan Congress, (Transparency Commission), and communities near the mine. Subsequently, we made our findings available to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to assist in resolution of submitted disputes.
E-Tech has conducted a study on how to end gas flaring in Nigeria, completed hydrocarbon environmental analyses in Mexico, evaluated potential mining impacts at a proposed aluminum mine in Suriname, and advised national agencies on mining regulatory strategies in El Salvador.