Local Communities vs Economic Development in Ecuador

Watch this video, 11.59 min, on The Real News Network TRNN, by Oscar Léon, Dec 12, 2013.

Transcript: OSCAR LEÓN, TRNN PRODUCER: Indigenous communities and the affected local communities have opposed this mining initiative for many years now and have protested against it all around the country. This has led to a split between Correa, ecologists, some student groups, and the indigenous confederations, all of which were his former allies. Correa has inherited a long-standing challenge to regulate artisanal mining, and in many cases he has assumed the unpopular task of imposing mega mining projects to some local communities, like this one in San Jose de Intag, Imbabura Province, in the north of Ecuador. The local population is also worried about the consequences of an open pit mine.  

CECILIA, LOCAL FARMER (SUBTITLED TRANSL.): I visited Cerro de Pasco, where they extract copper from an open pit mine. Every day, houses fall into the hole, which keeps getting bigger and bigger.

LEÓN: We contacted Jaime Guaman Guevara, an environmental consultant for mining projects from the south of the country with wide experience in the area. He supports the proposed mining projects and responded to our questions in writing … //

… (full interview text, incl. Oscar León’s Bio).

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