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February 4, 2014 | David Hill | Source: Mongabay.com
Map of gas operations in the KNN Territorial Reserve and Manu Buffer Area. Map credit: David Hill
The Peruvian government has approved plans for gas company Pluspetrol to move deeper into a supposedly protected reserve for indigenous peoples and the buffer zone of the Manu National Park in the Amazon rainforest.
The approval follows the government rescinding a highly critical report on the potential impacts of the operations by the Culture Ministry (MINCU), the resignation of the Culture Minister and other Ministry personnel, and repeated criticism from Peruvian and international civil society.
A subsequent report by MINCU requested that Pluspetrol abandon plans to conduct seismic tests in one small part of the reserve because of the “possible presence of [indigenous] people in isolation,” but didn’t object to tests across a much wider area. In addition to the seismic tests, the planned operations include building a 10.5km flow-line and drilling 18 exploratory wells at six locations—all of them in the reserve which lies immediately to the west of the Manu National Park and acts as part of its buffer zone.
The government approved the plans on January 27th when the Energy Ministry issued a resolution on the operation’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), written by Pluspetrol together with consultancy Environmental Resources Management.
The decision was swiftly condemned by AIDESEP. The national indigenous organization accused the government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which has played a key role in gas operations in that region to date, of violating their commitments.
Canada Orders Enforcement Action to Proceed Against Chevron in Ecuador Pollution Case
Toronto, Canada – Indigenous and farmer communities in Ecuador scored a major victory over Chevron today when an Ontario appeals court ruled they have the right to pursue enforcement of a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron’s assets in Canada.
The court also ordered Chevron’s two Canadian subsidiaries to pay $100,000 in costs to the Ecuadorians.
“After all these years, the Ecuadorian plaintiffs deserve to have the recognition and enforcement of the Ecuadorian judgment heard in an appropriate jurisdiction,” said the decision issued by a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal of Ontario. “At this juncture, Ontario is that jurisdiction.”
The decision, a copy of which is here, was lauded by the leaders of the Ecuadorian communities and their lawyers.
“This order will allow us the opportunity to hold Chevron accountable for fleeing the scene of its environmental crimes in Ecuador after a valid judgment was entered against it,” said Pablo Fajardo, the lead Ecuadorian lawyer for the villagers.
Humberto Piaguaje, a Secoya indigenous leader who is the director of the Assembly of Affected Communities, said: “This decision is momentous. It proves Chevron cannot hide behind legal technicalities to avoid justice.”
News of OKCPD officer accused and arrested of sexual assaults in NE Oklahoma City last week has shown some outrage across Twitter and Facebook as aspects of it flashed under #rapeculture http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_culture worldwide.
A spectrum of questions were presented as public concern the issue of complacency in mishandling sex assault on the part of OKC, at the Oklahoma City Council Meeting.
This moving prevention video deeply touches in exaction what complicit response is, and how it enables https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4Up0drnXX4. This nationally recognized, excellent point of discussion is easily shared, within this artfully crafted unforgettable work of @1491s, a video production company managed by Thomas Ryan Red Corn, of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Shot in Hominy, Oklahoma, it calls many questions through everyday observations about rape, domination, domestic violence, chronic or episodic maltreatment of females. Rape culture. As a community, city, county and state. What we do or allow. What will we do or allow. What will we not do, and not allow. These are the questions faced by the Oklahoma City Council, more pointed than ever since the arrest of Daniel Holtzclaw, OKCPD officer accused.
Tuesday afternoon, shade but no shade http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Shade%20but%20No%20Shade Mayor Mick Cornett upon the advice of the Oklahoma City Attorney present at the Oklahoma City Council http://www.okc.gov/council/ meeting agreed to provide some status answers in the next few weeks to questions raised regarding the above sex assaults and the handling of sexual assaults in Oklahoma City in general.
This writer sat for approximately 5 hours, waiting to present questions and observations about the recent issues of suspected sexualized assaults by an Oklahoma City Police Department patrol officer, Daniel Holtzclaw a 3 year employee of the service.
During the course of the City Council meeting, Chief Bill Cittie gave a brief report regarding review and edit of documents related to policy, procedure and coding for the department. No mention of rape.
Councilors over some residents of the Springlake Patrol Division, John Pettis Junior ( firstname.lastname@example.org) and Patrick J. Ryan ( email@example.com) gave compliments to the Oklahoma City Police Department for detaining Holtzclaw under arrest and being held in the Oklahoma City Jail. http://www.oklahomacounty.org/SHERIFF/detentionservices/. Identified victims to date have apparently been from the ward maps of these two men.
Mayor Mick Cornett did not call for, nor was there an immediate comment from Dr. Ed Shadid (firstname.lastname@example.org) nor from Meg Salyer ( email@example.com) whose areas are also in or near the service area of Springlake. Salyer left the meeting prior to the shares or notations about systemic problems and sexualized assaults.
This writer made some attempt to introduce the following observations to the Council in the alotted 3 minutes, and there were virtually no other personal or family safety or human rights issues presented in the meeting on Tuesday, save the one below this entry.
Mayor Mick Cornett noted that the City Attorney http://www.okc.gov/counselor/ will research and prepare a response to the City Council. No date was given for this document.
The problem with the above, is that if there is not a process for this issue to be handled with more care, and more accountability and more best practices focused principles, really any other actions will be merely cogs and wheels. One gentleman prior to this writer speaking presented an issue of a city water main breaking up hill to his home, and that the water traveled across the other resident’s property to his, leaving 6″ of standing water.
The man came to complain that his property and home were put at risk by the break, and the city attorney over this issue addressed that the policy guiding the subject is the city has no liability if the consumer does not identify in advance that this pipe is defective or somehow leaking. And that was the end of the discussion.
This rule is not reasonable, and there was no discussion amongst council members that this was so. With issues like fracking and earthquakes, freezing and baking temperatures… and rotting infrastructure in many areas, this leaves a liability to the customer or neighbor of the customer.
Having observed this above interaction, just prior to the chance to speak, this writer reiterated before departing on the sexual assault issue, that what needs to be clarified is what the rules are in place, what is the critical pathway for systems.
And the Council needs to understand that each of the as many as 9 groups have differing critical paths and trajectories of interest or responsibility. NONE of those 9 includes this writer in this conversation about the OKC sexual assaults. What each Councilor needs to take away or understand about critical pathways may be more unique for some areas, over others, given the high rates of violent crime and increased reports in rape in Oklahoma.
If you have questions, comments or concerns about the Oklahoma City Sexual Assault services continuum, please contact City Council Representatives directly. http://www.okc.gov/council/