Peruvian tribesmen target Alberta oil firm

CALGARY – Peruvian tribesmen are threatening to physically halt the operations of Calgary-based petroleum producer Talisman Energy in their region over fears of environmental devastation.

Members of the Achuar community in northern Peru have given a Nov. 15 deadline for Talisman staff to give up their oil production activities or they will blockade or evict them, said Andrew Miller, spokesman with the environmental group Amazon Watch, which has advocated for the Peruvians.

"They're a warrior tribe and they're quite determined," said Miller, adding he doesn't think Talisman workers would be physically attacked.

Talisman's former operations in Sudan were the centre of controversy with critics alleging their activities were fuelling Khartoum's brutal civil war efforts.

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