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Article

21 Sep 2011

Author:
Jeremy Hance, mongabay.com

Indigenous people blockade river against 'murderous' oil company [Peru]

...[M]ore than 100 Shuar indigenous people...blockaded the Morona River in Peru in an effort to stop exploratory oil drilling by Canadian-owned Talisman Energy. The blockade in meant to prevent oil drilling in an area of the Peruvian Amazon known as Block 64, home to four indigenous tribes..."We do not consider the oil company as a creator of jobs but instead as murderous, criminal and abusive. We do not want Talisman in the Wampis territory," a statement from the Shuar reads...The Shuar indigenous people contend that Talisman Energy had "not completed the prior process of consultation" before drilling on their land..."Talisman must respect the decision of the indigenous people living in and around Block 64 and halt oil exploration," said Gregor MacLennan, Peru Program Coordinator with indigenous rights NGO Amazon Watch..."The Shuar, together with the Achuar and other indigenous groups, are sending a clear message that they do not want to risk contaminating important watersheds and their ancestral hunting and fishing grounds by allowing oil development to go ahead."

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