Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Indigenous People In Peru Shut Down Oil Production

Indigenous people have forced a production stoppage at 14 oil wells, adding up to some 3100 barrels of oil per day.

Close to 400 Achuar indigenous people intensified their actions Thursday, blockading production of 14 oil wells from the multinational, PlusPetrol.

Since last Monday, Protestors had taken over territories that the company started exploiting, however the actions escalated to blockading the circulation of any ships through the river Tigre. Achuar activists are currently in possession of 8 company ships and have declared that they will not back down until State officials and company executives meet with them.

Multimillion dollar oil extractions have been in place in the region for the last 43 years, but poverty among the population in the area are high and environmental contamination common.

The Indigenous community of Pampa Hermosa in the Region of Loreto are demanding payments in compensation for the use of their lands and assurances environmental damage already occurring will be prevented.

More:  https://www.popularresistance.org/indigenous-people-in-peru-shut-down-oil-production/

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