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Fatal accident
5/20/2002
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Three indigenous leaders were killed May 7 when the light plane in which they were traveling crashed in the Ecuadoran Amazon. Joaquín Najandai, president of the Interprovincial Federation of Shuar Peoples of Ecuador (FIPSE), Congressman Rodrigo Wampankity and indigenous leader Samuel Wampankity were investigating complaints that Burlington Resources Inc. was violating an injunction blocking oil-production activities in Shuar territory in east-central Ecuador.

The Shuar community has been fighting oil drilling on its lands, first by ARCO, then by Burlington, which bought ARCO’s 200,000-hectare concession in 1999. An injunction that prohibited ARCO from attempting to negotiate with individual communities or families without the consent of official tribal leaders has also been declared binding on Burlington (LP, Jan. 24, 2000).

 


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