For Immediate Release
International NGOs Unite Against Oil Giants
WASHINGTON - Survival has sent a letter
signed by more than fifty leading NGOs to oil companies Perenco,
Repsol-YPF and ConocoPhillips to demand their immediate withdrawal from
an area inhabited by uncontacted tribes in Peru.
Anthropological research has shown that the area is inhabited by at
least two uncontacted tribes, who lack immunity to diseases brought by
outsiders and who could face extinction if contact is made.
Despite strong opposition from Peru’s indigenous organizations, Anglo-French Perenco has applied to the Peruvian Energy Ministry to build a pipeline in block 67 that will cut across 207 kms of land and affect the rainforest for 500 meters on either side.
‘The companies involved are gravely endangering the lives not only of
the Indians, but also of their own workers,’ the letter says. Several
oil workers have reportedly been killed by uncontacted Indians in the
Yasuní National Park, which lies adjacent to block 39, just across the
border in Ecuador.
are thought to traverse the border between Peru and the Yasuní Park,
where a large reserve has been set aside for them by the Ecuadorian
Survival International’s Director, Stephen Corry, said today, ‘Operating
in this area demonstrates an utter disregard for some of the most
vulnerable people on the planet, who may feel forced to defend their
territory. If the companies have any sense, they will leave the area to its rightful owners before lives, and reputations, are ruined.’
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