KICHWA IN PERU'S AMAZON DEMAND OIL CONTAMINATION IS CLEANED UP

Occidental, Petroperu, Pluspetrol, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). . . who is going to clean up the toxic destruction resulting from almost 50 years of your combined operations in the northern Peruvian Amazon? Indigenous federation FECONAT, together with grassroots NGO The Chaikuni Institute, has just released a powerful photo- and text-essay titled ‘Water is Life: Why Amazonian Indigenous Peoples in Peru Continue To Defend Their Rivers, Forests and Life', focusing on the impacts of oil operations by companies across a huge swathe of the Amazon. “Indigenous territories became sacrifice zones, with livelihoods destroyed and communities drinking and bathing in toxic water for decades,” FECONAT and Chaikuni allege. One issue highlighted is the broken promises made by the government in 2016, one of which was to begin “remediation” of contaminated sites in 2017. While acknowledging that consultants from two companies have recently arrived at “a couple of sites”, “no effective remediation has yet taken place despite the urgent necessity." Protests have begun with some major rivers reportedly blocked. (07-02-2018)

David Hill