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In 2013, after decades of protests by the indigenous populations, government testing finally confirmed the devastating contamination of hydrocarbons and other toxic elements in the soil and water of four major river basins.
Operations by gas consortium in Amazon reserve for vulnerable indigenous peoples met with legal actionFebruary 25, 2014The Guardian
Three Peruvian judges are scheduled to meet on April 1st following a lawsuit filed to stop a gas consortium from operating in a reserve in the Amazon created for indigenous peoples living in "initial contact" and "voluntary isolation."
Last week Peruvian governmental authorities released test results that prove alarming levels of contamination in Peru's largest national reserve, Pacaya Samiria, part of Kukama Kukamilla indigenous territory.
Amazon tribes in Peru's rainforest are at risk of "massive deaths" from new diseases to which they lack immunity, gas company Pluspetrol admits – as it tries to expand its Camisea gas project into a Reserve for isolated indigenous people.
James Anaya says oil companies have affected health and food sources of indigineous people in the Peruvian rainforestDecember 20, 2013The Guardian
Indigenous people in Peru have suffered "devastating consequences" as a result of extractive industries in the Amazon rainforest, according to the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights.
Peruvian activists recently told Amazon Watch that the question now isn't what areas of this region have been polluted, but instead what areas are actually still clean.
A United Nations committee says that plans by Peru's government to expand a controversial gas project in the Amazon could threaten the "physical and cultural survival" of indigenous peoples.
The situation in the Corrientes is not new, and well-documented, as FECONACO noted: "since the 80s, studies in the region have shown the effects of contamination in fish, waters, and even the public health in communities."
Pluspetrol is currently planning on expanding its operations in a concession known as 'Lot 88', almost 75% of which overlaps the supposedly 'intangible' Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti Reserve which was established for indigenous peoples in 'voluntary isolation' and 'initial contact' in 1990, borders Manu National Park and acts as part of its official buffer zone.
The United Nations' Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination wrote to the Peruvian government urging it to "immediately suspend" the expansion of the country's biggest hydrocarbons development. The government's response? To claim there is nothing illegal about the expansion, no threat to the "isolated" indigenous peoples, and that it intends to proceed as planned.