Indigenous protesters in Peru shut down oil wells

Posted by Mike Confino, February 8, 2015

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Indigenous protesters plan to shut down more wells in Peru’s biggest oil block unless the operator, Pluspetrol, an Argentine energy company, agrees to pay compensation for pollution on ancestral lands, a tribal leader said Wednesday.

The Achuar, a tribe of over 10,000 people in the town of Nuevo Jerusalen in Loreto, a region in Peru’s Amazon, 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 have already halted output, demanding payment for use of the land.

via Indigenous protesters in Peru shut down oil wells | Al Jazeera America.