Ecuador court orders end to “flares of death”

An appeal court judge has ruled an end to gas flaring by the Ecuadorian oil industry. The plaintiffs, nine girls aged between 7 and 14, live in areas close to the “flares of death”, which communities say are responsible for high cancer rates in the area. The flares are used by the oil industry to burn the by-products of oil extraction. There are 447 gas flares in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The decision did not specify when flares should be shut down or how the practice of gas flaring should be changed, environmental news site Mongabay ...


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