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Oil pumping station under construction for a new pipeline. The Oleoducto Crudo Pesado (heavy crude oil pipeline) was completed in October 2003. Its purpose is to carry crude oil from the Ecuadorian Andes to Esmeralda on the coast. The project was opposed by environmentalists due to the level of damage caused to forest ecosystems and the potential for further development of the oil industry. Photographed at Papallacta, Ecuador.
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