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Ecuador: Some Observations Regarding the Yasuní-ITT Proposal

 The exploitation of the oil fields - located mainly although not entirely inside Yasuní national park, a global biodiversity ‘hotspot’ - has aroused some passionate opposition and a determined defense of the decision by the Ecuadorian government.


1. As some commentators have already pointed out, Yasuní National Park is hardly a pristine area. It has been explored and exploited for decades. Shell oil set up camp there in the 1940s, but abandoned the wells it drilled due to the difficulty of getting the oil to market, and because the crude was heavy:

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