According to forecasts of the Ecuadorian Government, the exploitation of oil in blocks 31 and 43 of the Yasuní National Park, will start in two years; meanwhile several State institutions must take action to make it viable.
The Assembly is in charge of notifying the Executive the decision taken last Thursday when it approved by 108 votes the declaration of national interest for the oil extraction of blocks 31 and 43 (ITT), and also will have to send its decision to the official registry and when this is published it will take effect.
Then the President will have to provide to the competent authorities, as Petroamazonas and the Ministry of the environment, the implementation of two consultations: the prior and the environmental, which shall be addressed to the communities that could be affected by the exploitation of the oil.
Meanwhile, Petroamazonas will have to carry out an environmental impact study, that must be sent to the Ministry of the environment. If the study and other requirements are approved by the entity, an environmental license will be issued, and only then, the operations in blocks 31 and 43 can start, according to the former Minister of energy and mines, Fernando Santos Alvite.
On the other hand, Oswaldo Madrid, Manager of Petroamazonas, said in previous interviews, that the technology that will be used will ensure environmental conservation, and that computers and machines will be transported by helicopter, and that trails will be enabled before building the roads.
Madrid also pointed out that the first barrel will come out from the Tiputini field in two years.