Ecuador seeks partner to stop gas flaring as anger rises in the Amazon

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By Alexandra Valencia JOYA DE LOS SACHAS, Ecuador (Reuters) – Ecuador oil company Petroecuador says it is working to shut down gas flares in the Amazon to comply with a court-imposed deadline, but progress is too slow for nearby communities who allege the flares cause cancer and other illnesses. A provincial tribunal in Sucumbios province last year ordered Petroecuador and a handful of private operators to stop hundreds of flares – which burn off natural gas emitted during oil production when there is no infrastructure to capture it – in inhabited areas by March 2023. Flaring last year release…

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