Renewables helped Galapagos Islands save ‘million of litres of diesel’

Wind and solar farms installed in the Galapagos Islands have reduced diesel consumption by 8.7 million litres since 2007. The three 800kW turbines and two 6kW solar systems have also cut 21,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, according to the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP). It is a non-profit organisation of 11 major electricity firms including […]

Ecuador says it’s oil fine to drill in Yasuni national park

Ecuador will reluctantly allow drilling for oil in its prized Yasuni National Park after years spent hoping it would be able to sidestep such a move. The nation threw out a worldwide appeal in 2007 for funds for a conservation plan which would leave the park’s vast oil reserves in the ground. However its President […]

Ecuador group files human rights petition against Chevron

Communities from the Ecuadorean rainforest are filing a petition against US energy giant Chevron for allegedly breaching their human rights. The Amazon Defense Coalition recently won an $18 billion judgement against Chevron for environmental damage, a ruling the oil firm is challenging in court. Now it claims Chevron is manipulating a trade agreement – the […]

Chevron criticised over spill ‘cover-up’

Protest groups have complained that oil and gas developer Chevron has mislead over reports of the recent spill in South America. Chevron had initially claimed the spill was capped, but recent reports have suggested otherwise. George Buck, Chevron Brazil country manager said: “Chevron takes full responsibility for this incident. We are committed to deploying resources […]

Chevron fined £6bn for Amazon pollution

US oil giant Chevron has been fined £5.3bn by a court in Ecuador for polluting a large part of the country’s Amazon region. Texaco, the oil firm which merged with Chevron in 2001, was accused of dumping billions of gallons of toxic materials into unlined pits and Amazon rivers. The billion-pound lawsuit was brought against […]