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.
Inhabitants of Nazareth, one of the communities affected by the recent PetroPerú oil spill, would have received a minimum payment to clean the spill, without minimum security conditions.
The incident occurred on February 3, in the North Branch of the Nor Peruano Pipeline near to Mayuriaga river, in the district of Morona, province of Datem Marañón, Loreto region.
The Petroperú reported an oil spill from the pipeline Norperuano in Urarinas, Loreto.
“The main source of income we had for the population and for our food, we have not it, that is fishing”, “everything has been done with this spill,” said a resident.
The Agency for Assessment and Environmental Control (OEFA in Spanish) of Peru began administrative disciplinary procedure against Petroperu by the spill occurred on June 30, 2014 in the North Peruvian Pipeline near the Cuninico River in Loreto.
Two oil spills from Norperuano pipeline of Petroperu generated water pollution and possible cases of children with stomach ailments.
In the last week of June, two oil spills of Petroperu company occurred near the town of Cuninico in the heart of the rainforest of Loreto. According OEFA, the spill covers four and a half kilometers of a creek, affecting a population of over 500 people.
Although Petroperu reported that no river in the area was contaminated, communities say the Marañón basin is contaminated, because “they noticed (the spill) when the fish were already dropping dead.”