Two lawsuits to stop Peru’s biggest gas project in indigenous reserve

Author: David Hill, Guardian (UK), Published on: 25 February 2014

Three Peruvian judges are scheduled to meet on 1 April following a lawsuit filed to stop a gas consortium from operating in a reserve in the Amazon created for indigenous peoples living in “initial contact” and “voluntary isolation.”...The lawsuit was filed against the Energy Ministry and...Pluspetrol, in August 2013 by...the Legal Defence of the Environment and Sustainable Development (IDLADS). It asks the judge to order...the Energy Ministry to rescind its approval of the expansion and to ban all oil and gas operations in the reserve...The lawsuit also asks the judge to order Pluspetrol to “refrain from exploring for or exploiting hydrocarbons” in the reserve...IDLADS claims that operations in the reserve violate the Peruvian constitution, Peruvian law and international law, and the reserve’s inhabitants’ rights to a “healthy and balanced environment”, self-determination, life, health, “ethnic and cultural identity”, “biological and cultural integrity”, dignity, territory, property, ancestral possession and prior consultation...On 15 August the lawsuit was declared “inadmissible”...IDLADS appealed and the case is now due to be considered on 1 April by three judges from the “1st Sala Civil” within the Superior Court of Lima. [refers to Hunt Oil, Repsol, Tecpetrol, SK Innovation, Sonatrach, Perupetro]

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