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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

Peru: Indigenous Occupy 9 Oil Wells, Force Out Talisman Energy

While activists have been carrying out civil disobedience against the construction of

In 2009, an Indigenous uprising occurred in Peru against oil and resource exploitation.

the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas, Indigenous people in Peru have been engaged in their own conflict with oil corporations.  On Sept 2, nine oil wells belonging to Maple Energy were occupied by some 400 people.  On Sept 13, Talisman Energy (a Canadian oil company) announced it was abandoning operations in the Amazon region, after spending millions of dollars on exploration since 2004. Below are two reports. Read the rest of this entry