Ecuador Oil Protesters
Threaten More Attacks
QUITO, Ecuador -- Protesters who crippled Ecuador's oil industry this month threatened Saturday to resume their attacks, accusing energy companies of changing the terms of a settlement reached Thursday.
Protest leaders said they would meet Sunday to decide whether to resume dynamiting pipelines and vandalizing pumping equipment in their attempt to force companies to increase investment in the poor Amazon communities where they operate. The protests in mid-August shut down Ecuador's oil industry and led to a spike in world crude oil prices.
Last week, the protesters agreed to a "good neighbor" pact with the government and private oil companies, promising to halt the attacks in exchange for greater investment of oil profits into the local economies.
Oil companies, including Occidental Petroleum Corp., Petrobras and EnCana Corp., were to pave 160 miles of new roads within three years in Sucumbios and Orellana provinces, and 16 percent of taxes paid by the companies were to be directed toward local health, environmental and development projects.
Protesters said the companies, which agreed orally to the deal, were now trying to modify their obligations under the pact.
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