Perenco Submits Environmental Impact Study for Oil Pipeline

31 March 2010

The Anglo-French company Perenco has submitted this month an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Peru's Mining and Energy Ministry (MINEM) for the construction of a 129 mile oil pipeline project. The proposed oil pipeline would start in the Amazon, cross the Andes and end on the Pacific coast.

Some organisations, such as UK based Survival International and Peru’s Indigenous Amazonian Alliance, AIDESEP, believe that the land where Perenco plans to operate is inhabited by uncontacted Indigenous Peoples

However, according to a multi-disciplinary study commissioned by Perenco in 2008 “ there is no physical evidence of non-contacted tribes in the Block 67 area.”

The Peruvian government gave the go ahead to Perenco's plan to operate in the Amazon weeks after the protests in Bagua against the exploitation of the rainforest last June.

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