Communities Affected by Oil Spill in Peru's Amazon

17 August 2010

Oil pollution

High levels of contamination in the Marañón River, and a subsequent lack of clean drinking water, have been reported by several indigenous communities in the Loreto region of northern eastern Peru, following an oil spill in the area on 19 June.

The Argentinian company, Pluspetrol, has publicly acknowledged that there was a spill of 400 barrels of oil on the Marañón River when a barge transporting the load was involved in an accident. Several civil society organisations believe the extent of the pollution to be greater than that reported by the company and the government.

Environment minister Antonio Brack said the oil spill is currently under investigation and that those found responsible for the spill would be fined.
 

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