Yes. I did some of my field work as an anthropologist in the Ecuadorian Amazon and the very community I was living in was getting a pipeline put through it to pump oil out. Oil pipelines must be super heated to keep the oil running so once installed (paying no mind to the destruction that installing it entailed) everything, plants and animals, within four feet of the pipe would die from the heat. And this was one of the least destructive ones I’ve heard off. Lago Agrio in northern Ecuador was a Texaco concession where the company literally let oil simply pour out onto the ground poisoning the earth for generations to come. As for the societal effects, well that was a whole thesis in and upon itself.
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