Burlington, now owned by Conoco/Phillips, owns or holds shares in oil export licenses in the Ecuadorian Amazon. These concessions were carved out of the traditional territories of three indigenous nations—the Shuar, Achuar, and Kichwa peoples—against their opposition and without their consultation or consent. Since 1999,the ongoing efforts by these indigenous peoples to protect their lands from the expanses of new oil projects has paralyzed Burlington's operations, with no end to the opposition in site. Human rights and environmental concerns have begun to overshadow the
projects—before they're even off the ground. Burlington now has the opportunity to distinguish itself as an industry leader by adopting policies that respect the rights of the local peoples and protects pristine ecosystems—or risk a protracted, costly, and embarrassing controversy for years to come.