FJA Shortlist 2022

Category: Excellence in Environmental Journalism


Alexa E. Vélez Zuazo, Pilar Puentes Espinosa; María Isabel Torres; Antonio Paz, Vanessa Romo, Gabriela Quevedo, Yvette Sierra, Gloria Alvitres, Enrique Vera; Cristina Fernández, Dalia Medina, Richard Romero, Catalina Sanabria, Diego Cazar Baquero, Ana Cristina Alvarado, David Tarazona, Andrea Rincón, Angie Garay, Valeria Báez, Nicolás Sánchez, Nelfi Fernández Reyes, Iván Paredes, Juan Julca, Rocío Arias, Daniel Gómez, Carlos Mazabanda, Eduardo Mota García, Christian Ugarte

Stained by Oil (Series)

April 19, 2022

Mongabay Latam

The original publication is available via the following links: 

Stained by oil: A history of spills and impunity in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia

• The reporting alliance ManchadosXelPetróleo (StainedByOil) tracked down government records of oil spill cases and fines against companies working in the Amazon of Peru, Colombia, Bolivia and Ecuador between 2011 and 2021. In Colombia, information was also requested for the Orinoquía.
• One constant in the investigation was a lack of information and transparency, especially in Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia. Read more

The price of oil spills in Peru and Colombia? Millions of dollars in fines
• The journalism alliance ManchadosXelPetróleo (StainedByOil) requested information on sanctions against oil companies operating in the Amazon regions of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Colombia, as well as the Colombian Orinoquía.
• After analyzing cases from 2011 to 2021, it was revealed that there were 282 cases of oil spills, with 72 companies involved; half of the companies have been fined. Read more

In the western Amazon, oil blocks eat away at Indigenous lands, protected areas

The journalistic alliance ManchadosXelPetróleo conducted a geospatial analysis in the Amazon region of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to find out how the areas dedicated to oil activity overlap.

Plot out all the Indigenous territories in the Amazonian region of Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, and you’ll get an idea of just how important conserving these lands is for the rainforest — and thus for the future of the planet. Now map out all the active oil fields in these four countries, and it’s striking how much overlap there is with native communities, Indigenous reserves and lands of peoples living in voluntary isolation — especially because many of these oil fields occupy much of or sometimes all of these territories. And when looking at the overlaps, it’s possible to detect the areas that have become flashpoints of social and environmental conflicts in recent years. Read more


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