Peru: Achuar indigenous groups shut down Pluspetrol’s oil wells over alleged contamination; company says it will continue dialogue

Author: Al Jazeera, Published on: 5 February 2015

“Indigenous protesters in Peru shut down oil Wells” - February 4, 2015

Oil spill

Indigenous protesters plan to shut down more wells in Peru's biggest oil block unless the operator, Pluspetrol…[joint venture of Korea National Oil & Daewoo International, part of Posco], agrees to pay compensation for pollution on ancestral lands, a tribal leader said Wednesday. The Achuar…have given Pluspetrol until Friday to respond to its demands, said Carlos Sandi, head of indigenous group Feconaco. Indigenous protesters have occupied the site before over allegations of contamination in the Amazon. Another Achuar community, Pampa Hermosa, took control of more than a dozen oil wells in the block last week and [has] already halted output, demanding payment for use of the land. Talks that started on Monday between Pluspetrol and the protesters from Pampa Hermosa have broken down and the community remains in control of the 14 oil wells, Sandi said.  Pluspetrol officials were not immediately available for comment. The company told Reuters last week that it was seeking dialogue to resolve the dispute…[and produced a statement, available in Spanish]

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Related companies: Daewoo International (part of Posco) Korea National Oil Pluspetrol Posco