Bo­livia to Oil Ex­plo­ration Parks

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

Eight of the 22 na­tional parks in Bo­livia will be opened for oil ex­plo­ration, of­fi­cials said. “We’re talk­ing about eight parks, but it’s not a new thing be­cause there’s been ex­plo­ration in prior years,” Deputy En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Gon­zalo Ro­driguez told Er­bol ra­dio.

Oil ex­plo­ration will be­gin next year at the Iñau, Car­rasco, Am­boro Espe­jos, Aguarague and Tariquia, Pilon La­jas, Tip­nis and Ma­didi na­tional parks, af­fect­ing ar­eas across the coun­try, Er­bol re­ported.

The Bo­li­vian Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dige­nous Peo­ples, or CIDOB, op­poses oil ex­plo­ration in na­tional parks and the Om­buds­man’s Of­fice said it planned a le­gal chal­lenge to the ex­ec­u­tive or­der open­ing up the nat­u­ral ar­eas to the energy in­dus­try.

The gov­ern­ment, mean­while, said Thurs­day that a field con­tain­ing 28 mil­lion bar­rels of petroleum was found in eastern Bo­livia, mark­ing the first oil find in the An­dean na­tion in 23 years and al­low­ing the coun­try to triple its liq­uid hy­dro­car­bon re­serves.

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