Update on January 25, 2013
Today, I met with the vice president of the regional
indigenous federation to talk about the progress in Canaan. He had just returned
from the community. The people of Canaan
have continued to halt their protests while the government has been collecting
blood and water samples, as well as doing environmental inventories.
The government, community and the company Maple are still
debating the terms of reference for the third, government-contracted study. One
of the major issues in the debate is the size of the area for the study. The company
only wants to use the area directly around the oil wells. However, the
community wants to include a much larger area, as their community is located downriver
from the oil wells, and their lakes, food sources and land are all being
contaminated from these upriver wells.
Further, the chief of Canaan has just resigned. He is also a
teacher at the community school, and his dealings with the company and Congress
were seriously debilitating student learning. The community has now elected a
new leader to represent them in these matters.
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