Peru Oil Spill the Latest in a Long History of Polluting 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

In northern Peru, thousands of people in the jungle face a water-quality emergency. The state-run oil company Petroperú had two major oil pipelines rupture. The rupture released at least 3,000 barrels of crude oil into rivers. At least eight indigenous communities rely on those rivers for water. This is a familiar issue. For decades oil pollution has contaminated the western Amazon. Peru declared a 90-day water emergency. Officials of Peru estimated that it will take a year for damaged wildlife to be restored. Read more online:


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