The Colombian oil company “Amerisur Resources” entered Wisuya, cut trees, opened trenches, destroyed vegetation and infuriated an indigenous community that was not on their maps. Nine months ago, the noise of the saws and machinery to install a pipeline, that will transport crude from Colombia on Ecuadorian land, alerted this community located near the Putumayo river in northern Sucumbios end.
At least 150 trees, some ancestral, and a waterhole were lost. Now, the Kichwa Siona Elders Council will make the Colombian firm and Ecuadorian oil firm Petroamazonas, with which it has an agreement for this project, respond for the damage.
On August 25 it was agreed that a delegation of both oil companies, the Ombudsman’s Office, the Regulation and Control Hydrocarbon Agency and the Ministry of Environment (MAE) enter their territory, to measure the damages.