Hundreds of oil spills in Peru rainforest since 2000

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Peru’s¬†National Coordinator for Human Rights (CNDDHH) and Oxfam Peru¬†have issued a report finding that there have been hundreds of¬†oil¬†spills linked to the NorPeruano Pipeline¬†over the past 20 years. Entitled ¬†“La Sombra del Petr√≥leo” (“The Shadow of Oil“), the report counted¬†474 oil spills¬†in the Peruvian Amazon¬†between 2000 and 2019, impacting at least 41 indigenous communities. ¬†These spills occurred along the NorPeruano Pipeline and in several associated oil blocs. The report also determined that 65% of these spills were caused by the corrosion of the pipeline¬†and operational failures.¬†“After every spill, it was said that the responsibility was with the indigenous communities, but there was no evidence that this was the case,”¬†said Miguel L√©vano, coordinator of a CNDDHH¬†subcommittee on oil spills. “It did not make sense, since they are the people being affected.”

The study¬†is based on official data from the Agency for Environmental Assessment and Enforcement (OEFA) and the Supervisory Agency for Investment in Energy & Mining (OSINERGMIN). It also includes information from a report by a Multi-Party Investigative Committee of Peru’s Congress¬†that examined spills from the NorPeruano Pipeline. (Mongabay)

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