President Ollanta Humala demanded the Argentinian Pluspetrol solve environmental conflicts it has with native on a lot that was handed in concession in the Peruvian Amazon.
After 15 years of oil exploitation and six months before of the end of its contract, Pluspetrol fight in court for not paying millions in fines by environmental violations.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, February 10 when protesters tried to enter to the local police station and barracks, near where Pluspetrol has a warehouse.
For more than 20 days ago, the situation in Block 1AB, operated by Pluspetrol North is tense due to the indefinite strike called by indigenous communities in the area.
Indigenous threatened to close more wells of the largest block oil of Peru unless the Argentinian firm Pluspetrol agrees to pay compensation for polluting their ancestral lands.
Indigenous peoples affirmed they will not desist until the arrival of state commissioners and senior executives of the company Pluspetrol.
Members of the Federation of Native Communities of Alto Tigre reported on the mobilization of Kichwa people in the basin of the Tigre, who have blocked the river demanding to Pluspetrol respect for their right to compensation for the use of their territories.
An area of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in the Amazon region of Peru, was declared an environmental emergency for 90 days due to water and soil pollution by oil spills.
The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) indicated that “environmental management of the instalations of the Pluspetrol company are inadequate and this is affecting the integrity and ecological equilibrium” of the Reserve.
The Peruvian government has approved plans for gas company Pluspetrol to move deeper into the buffer zone of the Manu National Park in the Amazon rainforest.