When oil is more important than life
Oil exploitation leaves trail of pollution and death in the Peruvian Amazon
Date Written: 09/10/2014
Year Published: 2014
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX16812
The dumping of oil waste into the waters of the Marañón, Corrientes, Pastaza and Tigre rivers and the Amazon forest is producing fatal consequences for the local population, mostly to the Kukama ethnic group. The responsible are well-known oil companies, but the Peruvian authorities have not acted with timeliness, making them responsible as well. For years, victims have protested against pollution and violence, but the oil business has always had the upper hand.