The total area of the Amazon territory that was affected by two spills that took place in August in New Alianza, in the Amazon region of Loreto, Peru, has an extension of more than three Olympic swimming pools.
Reports from Peruvian Civil Defense Institute also report the number of people and homes affected after the spill in the Uchichiangos river.
The head of Peru’s Ministry of the Environment, Pulgar-Vidal, reveals that the oil spill of June 24 in Loreto was from a pipe that was pumping oil despite the fact that there was a ban.
A new oil spill raised fears of a deterioration water pollution and fish on which depend indigenous peoples and coastal communities.
Indigenous organizations of Peruvian regions of Loreto, Ucayali, Junín and Cusco meet in Cuninico, two years after oil spill, to exchange experiences on indigenous surveillance.
A helicopter from Peru’s Air Force that was helping to monitor the area has been stopped and held by a group of locals. There were food and fresh water aboard, meant to be distributed among the people of Mayuriaga.
Almost a month since an oil spill, the new autonomous Wampis peoples’ government is asking the Peruvian government to take definitive and drastic measures.
In addition to the environmental impact of oil spills in the Peruvian Amazon, indigenous women of the same areas remain poor, isolated, and exposed to diseases and domestic violence.
The recent leak of 3,000 barrels of oil in Peru’s Amazon jungle will cause incalculable damage, according to scientists.
After allegations about Petroperu workers who paid minors to collect oil spilled in their communities, in Amazonas, at least one has been identified.