Major oil companies have begun work on an oil pipeline near Loreto, Peru that could destroy 129 miles of rainforest and decimate two previously uncontacted tribes of people.
Several indigenous organizations, including AIDESEP and ORPIO have spoken out against the companies, and a lawsuit has been filed against them in Peru’s Constitutional Court.
Perenco, an Anglo-French company with a huge interest in Peru’s northern Amazon, has recently admitted to transporting 50,000 tons of material and consumables into the region as part of its plans to exploit an estimated 300 million barrels of oil.
Perenco described the materials transported into the region as the ‘equivalent of seven Eiffel Towers.’
Survival International recently wrote a letter warning the United Nations that allowing these illegal operations to continue will have disastrous effects on the rainforest and native peoples that have lived within it for centuries.
According to anthropological research, the region of northern Peru chosen by the oil companies is home to at least two ‘uncontacted’ tribes who are extremely vulnerable to any form of contact because of their lack of immunity to outsiders’ diseases.
In a flagrant violation of international law, Peru’s government is still permitting Perenco to forge ahead with its plans to cut open a swath of rainforest that is over one hundred miles long and 1,640 feet wide.
Other companies, including Conoco-Phillips and Repsol-YPF have also applied for drilling permits in the area, which some scientists have called the most biodiverse in the world.
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