Jungle oil remediation: progress reported
15 April 2018
Puinamudt, or Pueblos Indígenas Amazónicas Unidas en Defensa de sus Territorios, is an indigenous organisation based in the Amazon with a history of sustained work in resisting environmental damage in the area and threats to livelihoods and rights. Its most recent report is unusually encouraging.
It records the progress made in monitoring the damage from oil spills in the former Block 1AB, and recounts how the OEFA (the state Organismo de Evaulación y Fiscalización Ambiental), FONAM (Fondo Nacional del Ambiente, a Peruvian not-for-profit) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have together begun to move on the remedying environmental damage. It documents and praises the role afforded to indigenous people in monitoring and providing evidence.
It notes, however, the complete absence of Pluspetrol from the work of remediation, arguably the chief offender.
An important reflection in the report is the need to use all available documentation to understand ways of working which avoid such damage in the future, as well as making good and compensating for past damage.