Newscasts start their midday broadcast talking about the barrel of Ecuadorian crude traded in the international market at just over $ 21. It’s Wednesday and the few customers in a restaurant in downtown stop eating and set their sights on the large TV.
The faces of concern, especially of two men wearing uniforms with reflective stripes, are obvious. And then they murmur: “the price continues to fall,” “where is it going to get,” “what will happen to us?”
For the oil province of Orellana 2015 ended badly and 2016 began the in the same way. This year the state budget was armed with an oil price of $ 35 and January so far it has averaged $ 24.5.