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26 Jun 2020

Concerns about the impacts of oil projects on indigenous rights in NE Peru - responses by Perenco, Repsol

Various reports have raised concerns about the alleged presence of "uncontacted tribes" in an area of the Peruvian Amazon where the oil firms Repsol YPF and Perenco are operating.  Perenco Peru is developing an area called "Block 67", and Repsol is developing "Block 39".  The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Repsol and Perenco to respond.   Their responses are below, as well as a follow-up statements to Repsol by Survival and by the journalist David Hill.

The first two items below also raise concerns about the process involved in a report by the consultancy Daimi, commissioned by Perenco, which said that there is no evidence of uncontacted tribes in Block 67.  We invited Daimi to respond but it did not do so.

Reports with concerns about oil projects impacts on indigenous rights in North East Peru

Amazon pipeline gets go-ahead amid reports of ‘cover up’," Survival International, 18 Aug 2011

$35 Billion of Oil Plus an ‘Uncontacted’ Tribe Equals Coverup," David Hill, Truthout, 21 Jul 2011

"In the pay of big oil, so don't trust the 'evidence'," David Hill, New Internationalist, 30 Sep 2011

Peru criticized over Repsol working in tribal areas,” Reuters, 22 Apr 2010

Report: “39 things Repsol YPF doesn’t want you to know," Survival Intl., Apr 2011

Rumble in the Jungle,"Rory Carroll, Guardian (UK), 4 Jul 2009

Perenco response

Perenco statement re indigenous rights and Peru operations, 6 Sep 2011 [PDF]

Repsol response

Repsol response re impacts of its Block 39 project in Peru on indigenous rights, Aug 2011 [DOC]

Repsol: "Indigenous communities", 2010 [PDF]

Follow-up statements to Repsol by Survival, David Hill

Survival Intl. follow-up to Repsol re Block 39 in the northern Peruvian Amazon, 28 Sep 2011 [DOC]

David Hill's Response to: 'Repsol response re impacts of its Block 39 project on indigenous peoples' rights' [DOC]

Company Responses


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