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Indigenous Peruvians protest state oil company taking over their land

Author: David Hill, in Guardian Blog (UK), Published on: 7 June 2013

Members of the Achuar indigenous people in the northern Peruvian Amazon have been protesting against Peru's state oil company's plans to enter their territory…Petroperu's involvement in this region follows the decision announced...by Canadian company Talisman to withdraw from "Lot 64", after discovering oil but meeting opposition from Achuar living within the concession…Achuarti...statements express concerns about the potential social and environmental impacts of oil operations…Asked how Petroperu will respond to the Achuar's protest, Beteta Herrera [from Petroperu] says the company will "continue with the community relations policy it has been implementing for the last 40 years along the route of the North Peruvian Pipeline…[and]…maintain constant communication with the communities in the areas of our operations"…But Peas Peas Ayui [president of the Peruvian Federation of Achuar Nationalities (FENAP)] says he has heard nothing from Petroperu since the protest…[Also refers to Arco (part of BP), Occidental]

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Related companies: Arco (part of BP) BP Occidental Petroleum Talisman