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Talisman among top firms praised for ethical conduct - Peruvian natives protest exploration

Transparency International said Monday Talisman and two other Calgary-based companies, Petro-Canada and Nexen Inc., set an example along with firms from Norway for the rest of the world to follow. The report cites Talisman for above-average transparency in its dealings with five host countries... Native leader Carlos Mukuin Tiris, founder of AIM, a federation of Achuar communities in the Pastaza river basin [in Peru], told the Herald Monday his group opposes any kind of petroleum development in the region, in spite of potential job creation... "Sure, we need jobs but not with the oil company. We are looking for ways that don't damage our forests, our land, because the land is like our mother."... [Talisman spokeswoman Teri Keyser] said it's not true that most local people oppose Talisman's development. [also refers to Occidental Petroleum, Petrolifera Petroleum, with statement by Petrolifera]