US oil company sued for Amazon exploration

US oil company sued for Amazon exploration

The Harakmbut are one of three indigenous groups in south-east Peru saying 'NO' to Hunt Oil and Repsol-YPF.
The Harakmbut are one of three indigenous groups in south-east Peru saying ‘NO’ to Hunt Oil and Repsol-YPF.
© Dilwyn Jenkins/Survival

Indigenous people from south-east Peru are suing Repsol-YPF and US company Hunt Oil over their plans to explore for oil on their land.

Local indigenous organisation FENAMAD has filed a lawsuit asking for an injunction to be placed on both the companies’ activities. The suit argues that the government did not consult with local people before giving the companies permission to work there, as is required under international law, and oil exploration would violate local peoples’ fundamental human rights to ‘enjoy a balanced environment’.

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Posted on 2 October, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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