Petroleum Sullies the Peruvian Amazon

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Pollution sur le fleuve Corrientes, dans le nord du Pérou, causée par des activités pétrolières américaine et argentine installées à proximité. ©AFP PHOTO/AIDESEP

More than 70 percent of the Peruvian Amazon was divided up into concessions for oil investments between 2003 and 2008, according to a non-governmental report.

“Now the fish are going to disappear,” said Luis Umpunchi, an Awajún Indian, one of about 20 people gathered around a broken oil pipeline in the Jayais community, in the northern Peruvian region of Amazonas.

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