OIL COMPANIES IN PERU'S AMAZON HAVE CAUSED 'DEVASTATION', SAYS NGO

A report released today focuses on the ‘devastation’ and dependency caused by more than 40 years of oil operations in a concession called Lot 1-AB in Peru’s Amazon. The report, by the Peruvian NGO Chaikuni Institute, highlights the severe impacts on indigenous peoples’ health, human rights violations and social conflict caused by Lot 1-AB, the failure of the companies to meet their social and environmental responsibilities, and the government's response in criminally persecuting indigenous leaders and failing to hold the companies to account. The report, titled Oil Dependency and the Peruvian Amazon, includes testimonies from Kichwas from the River Tigre. "They were all vomiting blood. Here 27 people died in less than two years. Three of my children died. We're tired of crying," one Kichwa woman, Noemi, is quoted as saying. The company running Lot 1-AB is Pluspetrol, partnered by the state-controlled China National Petroleum Corporation. (24-07-2015)

David Hill