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Peru Declares Environmental State of Emergency in Its Rainforest

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Government reports high levels of barium, lead, chrome and petroleum-related compounds in region that is home to oil field


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JL A (281)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 8:13 pm
Quote from the copywritten article at the site:
"Peru has declared an environmental state of emergency in a remote part of its northern Amazon rainforest, home for decades to one of the country's biggest oil fields, currently operated by the Argentinian company Pluspetrol.

Achuar and Kichwa indigenous people living in the Pastaza river basin near Peru's border with Ecuador have complained for decades about the pollution, while successive governments have failed to deal with it. Officials indicate that for years the state lacked the required environmental quality standards.

A new law published on Monday that sets out, for the first time, environmental quality standards setting acceptable limits for contaminants in soil, may be a key advance, say officials."

Past Member (0)
Friday March 29, 2013, 6:09 am
This is awful what devastation oil companies cause they should be brought to account for destroying the environment and the pollution they have caused to the people they get away with too much

Noted thanks

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday March 29, 2013, 7:28 am
It's amazing how a poor country can stand up to oil giants this way.

John B (185)
Friday March 29, 2013, 7:39 am
Thanks J.L. for the link to the article by Mr. Collyns. This a a bit of good news but the fact that the Government plans to auction off 29 new oil and gas concessions this year. "sucks", to put it mildly. read and noted.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 29, 2013, 8:16 am
noted, thank you

JL A (281)
Friday March 29, 2013, 8:50 am
You are welcome Carol, John and Helen.
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Kit B (276)
Friday March 29, 2013, 9:26 am

I fear what is negotiated may not turn out as hoped for nor expected. The Rainforest of Middle South America has become a literal gold mine for quick, dirty and cheap profits. It will take a wide change of thinking from those willing to scoop profit today to think of the harm inflicted long term

Tamara Hayes (185)
Friday March 29, 2013, 10:02 am
As far as I am concerned there should not be ANY acceptable limits to soil contamination. That seems to be the crux of the matter in so many of these situations. There are too many acceptable limits. Thanks JL

JL A (281)
Friday March 29, 2013, 12:24 pm
You are welcome Tamara.
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. (0)
Friday March 29, 2013, 12:40 pm
Noted & posted

Lin Penrose (92)
Friday March 29, 2013, 2:08 pm
Thanks J.L. Gosh, we humans are voracious creatures! Hope we and other life forms can learn to survive on the waste products We produce and the left overs.


Christina G (11)
Friday March 29, 2013, 6:23 pm
it's happening here with the fracking!
are we willing to live without electricity?
I am reducing my use greatly...
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