Peru: Oil Drilling Divides Community

Author: Barbara J. Fraser, Latinamerica Press, Published on: 5 May 2012

A case in which Achuar indigenous people accuse a Canadian petroleum company of attempted genocide, currently under investigation by a court in Peru, could set a legal precedent if it is allowed to go ahead. The case stems from an incident in May 2009, when members of two Achuar organizations traveled to a camp where Talisman Energy is exploring for oil in the northern Peruvian Amazon. They planned to ask company managers to withdraw from the site…When they arrived, they found other Achuar, from communities that supported the company, also at the camp. There was a tense confrontation between the two groups…The case filed in the Peruvian court accuses Talisman of attempted genocide, claiming that the company facilitated the face-off with more heavily armed Achuar. The company denies the charge… [also refers to Arco (part of BP), Occidental Petroleum]

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