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Victory in prospect for Peru’s Kichwa People after 40 years of oil pollution

A young Kichwa girl at blockade, photo by David Hill.

A young Kichwa girl at blockade, photo by David Hill.

David Hill, The Ecologist, Feb 10, 2015

A month-long blockade of the Rio Tigre deep in the Peruvian Amazon has secured promises of compensation and cleanup for Peru’s Kichwa communities who have suffered 40 years of contaminated waters from oil drilling operations in their remote Amazon region. But until the funds materialize, they are holding firm in their resolve.

Hundreds of of Kichwa indigenous people living along the River Tigre in the remote Peruvian Amazon are demanding over 100 million Peruvian nuevo soles ($32 million / £21 million) from oil company Pluspetrol in the “environmental damages” they have sustained over 40 years of oil drilling. Read the rest of this entry

Peru’s Indigenous People Blockade Oil Company on River Tigre

Kichwas protesting in the northern Peruvian Amazon following more than 40 years of oil operations in their territories. Photograph: Feconat

Kichwas protesting in the northern Peruvian Amazon following more than 40 years of oil operations in their territories. Photograph: Feconat

Kichwa communities bar River Tigre, an Amazon tributary, with cables to stop oil company boats from passing and accuse government of turning a blind eye to contamination from oil operations in the forest

by David Hill, The Guardian, Feb 2, 2015

Hundreds of indigenous people deep in the Peruvian Amazon are blocking a major Amazon tributary following what they say is the government’s failure to address a social and environmental crisis stemming from oil operations.

Kichwa men, women and children from numerous communities have been protesting along the River Tigre for almost a month, barring the river with cables and stopping oil company boats from passing. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous Peruvians occupy oil wells, demand compensation

An aerial view of a gas exploration camp, run by Argentine company Pluspetrol, in the Amazon jungle near Cuzco, 470 kilometers east of Lima, on May 18, 2011.

An aerial view of a gas exploration camp, run by Argentine company Pluspetrol, in the Amazon jungle near Cuzco, 470 kilometers east of Lima, on May 18, 2011.  AFP file.

France 24, Jan 28, 2015

LIMA (AFP) – Hundreds of indigenous Indians from the Peruvian Amazon demanded compensation for land use at 14 oil wells, where their demonstrations caused production to be suspended, Argentine oil company Pluspetrol said Wednesday.

Some 300 to 400 indigenous people have been gathering at the oil wells near Peru’s border with Ecuador since Tuesday.

Pluspetrol said the demonstration had resulted in the suspension of production, and had also blocked transportation on a stretch of the Tigre River. Read the rest of this entry