Canadian oil firms expands operations over opposition of Peruvian indigenous community


From Indigenous Peoples Issues

Achuar people issue warning demanding Talisman Energy respects rights

Canadian oil company Talisman Energy will face tough questions at their Annual General Shareholder Meeting (AGM) tomorrow around their controversial plans to expand oil operations in Oil Block 64 in the ancestral territory of the Achuar people of the Peruvian Amazon, despite strong local indigenous opposition to the project.

On the eve of the meeting, the Achuar Federation FENAP, the largest Achuar organization in Peru representing 48 communities, the majority of which lie within Block 64, condemned the planned expansion and demanded that Talisman respect the Achuar people’s rights. The Achuar are concerned and oppose Talisman’s plans to expand seismic testing and drill further exploratory wells in Achuar hunting and fishing grounds in the heart of their ancestral territory.

At last year’s AGM, a delegation of Achuar leaders accompanied by Amazon Watch traveled from the remote headwaters of the northern Peruvian Amazon to Calgary to launch an international campaign demanding the company immediately cease oil operations and withdraw from the Achuar’s ancestral territory. In response, the company adopted a Global Community Relations Policy, but it is not fully respecting the rights of the Achuar people.

Amazon Watch Peru Program Coordinator Gregor MacLennan, who has just returned from Achuar territory with a declaration from the Achuar, and Corporate Campaigns Director Mitch Anderson will be attending the AGM in Calgary and are available for interviews and comments on May 3rd & 4th.

Amazon Watch works to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. We partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems. For more information, visit http://www.amazonwatch.org.

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