Oil and Indigenous Communities in Peru

 

Peru: holding oil companies accountable

October 4, 2011 8:15 pm by beyondbrics

By Dan Collyns

Peru has leased its first five oil and natural gas exploration contracts since bringing in a new law designed to protect the country’s indigenous communities – one of the top priorities of president Ollanta Humala’s new administration.

The law is designed to prevent the kind of behaviour by oil companies that has sparked hundreds of violent protests in recent years resulting in the loss of several lives. The fact that it is up and running – and, apparently, working – bodes well not only for indigenous communities but also for the future of oil exploration in Peru.

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