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|Society & You - Social Critic|
|Monday, 18 June 2012 22:47|
In early June 2012, the President of Petroperu, Humberto Campodonico, announced that Lot 1-AB, an oil field currently operated by the North Pluspetrol, be tendered before 28 July. This lot, like others whose contracts expire between 2013 and 2015, is part of a set of hydrocarbon reservoirs with which the state Petroperu plans to return to the oil industry by partnering with private enterprise and which would have up to 49% participation.
This question might seem merely contractual and business operation, alerted the people of the indigenous communities of Pastaza River.
These communities have been negotiating with the company Pluspetrol compensation for the pollution of the Cocha Atiliano , located in Block 8, and is another of the lots that the company will cease operations. Negotiations have been conducted both in the community of Pucacuro as in the city of Iquitos . But this is not the only case of environmental pollution in the jungle.
For the last week scheduled an inspection of the Parliamentary Working Group belonging to the Commission of Andean, Amazon and Afro-Peruvian Peoples, Environment and Ecology Congress, which investigates pollution product of the petroleum operations carried out from For over 40 years in the basins of the rivers Pastaza, Tigre, Corrientes and Marañon. However, the visit was frustrated by the renunciation of the ruling bloc of Congresswoman Veronika Mendoza.
At first this caused suspicion , as to pretend to "hide all the environmental impacts to facilitate this tender," but then Rep. Mendoza explained that the suspension of travel of the commission was because his resignation had caused it to withdraw from that committee. However, the Apus of indigenous communities indicated to be reported in peaceful march demanding the establishment of a roundtable for the communities of San José de Saramuro (Kukama town), New Alliance Andoas or Topal (Pastaza Quechua village), New Jerusalem (Achuar of the Corrientes) and October 12 (Kichwa people of Tigre).
The said Rep. Mendoza posted on her blog about the points which give the Roundtable:
But the foundations of the Indian Federation of Pastaza Quechua that go to the oil camp of Andoas in the province of the Marañon Datem have reported that the government has militarized the locality, which hinder any chance of dialogue, they say. In this regard issued a statement that among other things says :
Well Santan 6 (overflows when it rains), Battery Bartra, Tigre River Basin, Block 1AB. Photo courtesy of FECONACO
At June 12, the mobilization was in the town of Alliance Topal, located in the Maranon Datem. On the website of AIDESEP (Interethnic Development Association of the Peruvian Jungle) report :
Indigenous communities in these areas for years been denouncing the effects of pollution on their ancestral lands and themselves as CINDES (Indian Center for Sustainable Development) Peru reported on his blog:
While mining pollution in the area and has 40 years, and is a person who loaded the current companies that perform logging operations, the struggle of communities to preserve their environment and the life we are accustomed to in he also has the same time and not all affected communities have managed to compensation. Some time ago I wrote on the blog Southern Observatory Oil on negotiations between oil companies and communities:
Finally, the aforementioned CINDES Blog shares the following documentary "about 40 years of pollution in the Corrientes River basin":
Post originally published on the blog of Juan Arellano.