Oil Spill in Peru Just the Latest in a Long History of Pollution in the Amazon

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Members of the Cofán Dureno community in northern Ecuador have suffered numerous problems from oil production on their lands. File 2010. (Photo Credit: Rainforest Action Network)

Article courtesy of LISA NIKOLAU | Feb 24, 2016 | Humanosphere | Shared as educational material

Thousands of people in the northern Peruvian jungle are facing a water-quality emergency after the rupture of two major oil pipelines owned by state oil company Petroperú. The incident spilled at least 3,000 barrels of crude oil into rivers that at least eight indigenous communities rely on for water. This is a familiar issue, since the western Amazon has been contaminated by widespread oil pollution for decades. Read more online: http://bit.ly/1Oy9mZg

 

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