Dozens of New Oil Spills in the Northern Peruvian Amazon

A new report by the Federation of Indigenous Communities of the Corrientes River (FECONACO) reveals the devastating ongoing impacts of oil drilling. A team of monitors from the indigenous Achuar and Urarina communities on the Corrientes River documented 18 major crude oil spills in 2010 and over 90 spills over the last three years, directly affecting dozens of miles of rivers and streams and vast stretches of forest. Blocks 1-AB and 8 are currently operated by Argentine company Pluspetrol. Block 1-AB was operated by Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) from 1971 to 2000 and is the subject of ongoing litigation by communities alleging the company severely contaminated the environment for nearly 30 years.

  • The rainforest in the Corrientes River basin from the Achuar community of Nueva Jerusalem, right in the middle of Oil Block 1-AB
  • A pipeline rupture on August 27 2010 near the community of Antioquía in Block 1-AB
  • The crude from the pipeline rupture on August 27 2010 flowed down into a lake used by the local community for fishing.
  • A new spill on July 29 2010 near the community of Nueva Jerusalem in Oil Block 1-AB
  • The crude from the July 29 2010 spill flows down the stream into the river.
  • An oil spill on Timu Entsa creek in Oil Block 1-AB
  • A recent spill in a lake in Oil Block 1-AB from August 27 2010
  • An indigenous community monitor documents legacy contamination in Oil Block 8
  • The impacts of an oil spill in Block 1-AB near the community of Nueva Jerusalem
  • An oil spill flows down Chuuntsa Creek in Oil Block 1-AB
  • An indigenous monitor documents a new spill in Oil Block 8
  • E-Tech International documents failed re-vegetation and clean-up in Oil Block 8
  • An indigenous monitor visits a spill caused by a pipeline rupture in Oil Block 1-AB near the community of Antioquia
  • An Achuar family in a village nearby oil operations in Block 1-AB

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