US oil corporation accused of dumping waste in Amazon

Anti Occidental Petroleum protest in EcuadorFrom British daily The Independent:

Oil company accused of dumping waste in Amazon

By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles

Published: 04 May 2007

A US oil company has been accused of contaminating an area of the Peruvian Amazon where it and its successor company have drilled for oil for the past 32 years, creating misery for the local Achuar people and widespread lead and cadmium poisoning.

A report issued by a coalition of protest groups including Amazon Watch and EarthRights International yesterday accused the company, Occidental Petroleum, of violating Peruvian and international law by dumping an estimated 9 billion barrels of toxic waste in the area since it started prospecting in the early 1970s.

See also here.

And here.

And here.

Oil and Gas Projects in the Western Amazon: Threats to Wilderness, Biodiversity, and Indigenous Peoples: here.

Update 27 December 2007: here.

Gold mine pollution in Peru: here.

Mattel’s toxic toys: here.

Plans to close US military base in Ecuador: here.

3 thoughts on “US oil corporation accused of dumping waste in Amazon

  1. Peru to allow Amazon explorations despite protests
    Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:01pm EDT

    By Jean Luis Arce

    LIMA (Reuters) – Peru will forge ahead with plans to let oil and gas companies explore remote rain forests, the president of Peru’s state oil company said on Friday, despite calls from environmental and human rights groups to stop.

    The government is auctioning dozens of parcels for petroleum prospecting throughout the county, including the Amazon jungle located some 550 miles east of Peru’s capital, Lima.

    Indigenous people who have shunned contact with the rest of society are thought to live within some of the parcels and rights groups say exploration will hurt jungle tribes.

    “In the face of this — what can we do?” asked Daniel Saba, president of Peru’s state oil company, PetroPeru, about the groups’ criticism.

    “Simply continue working … knowing we are not hurting anything,” he said.

    Saba accused rights organizations of spreading lies that fall between “absolution exaggeration and intentional disinformation.”

    Some 15 isolated tribes live in Peru, according to the London-based advocacy group Survival International, though documenting the groups is difficult as many tribes are nomadic and have burrowed deeper in the forest after brief encounters with outsiders.

    PetroPeru has said it considers the tribes to be safe, as they live in protected reserve areas that are not included in government auctions.


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