OIL AND GAS BLOCKS COVER 733,14 KM2 OF WESTERN AMAZON RAINFOREST

Oil and gas concessions now cover 733,414 kms sq. of the western Amazon, according to new research published in Environmental Research Letters. The research finds that the 'hydrocarbon frontier' has expanded by over 150,000 kms sq. since 2008, and maps 'confirmed and/or suspected' deposits. It also highlights the difference between some oil and gas operations using roads and others using a roadless 'offshore inland model' where access is by helicopter or river. 'We argue that universal adoption of the offshore inland development model is one of the most important actions to minimize future ecological impacts from oil and gas development in the Amazon,' the authors state. 'Consideration of indigenous communities and territories, particularly uncontacted tribes, is also of utmost importance. . . but beyond the scope of this paper.' (28-01-2015)

David Hill