Now, according to reports, ConocoPhilips oil company has asked permission from the regional government to continue with the drilling of 7 wells where they believe that there is oil to later be exploited and all in the Nanay basin where Sedaloreto [water company] collects water to treat in their plant and then distribute to the public. For this reason the director of Procrel resigned, because the request caused various investigations into ConocoPhillips. Even SERNANP (National Service for Natural Protected Areas by the State) has mentioned that there is an incompatibility in making such explorations and furture oil exploitations in the “heart” of Iquitos.
This Wednesday will be the great mobilization on the streets of Iquitos in defense of life and health.This was announced by the new president of the Regional Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Eastern Amazon (ORPIO), Emerson Sandi Tapuy, and the president of the organization ACODECOSPAT, Alfonso Lopez, in the framework of the Roundtable on Prior Consultation and Indigenous Quota, sponsored by the IDEA institute and the Instituto de Bien Comun, with their representatives Alicia Saenz and Ana Rosa del Aguila. The event took place on the premises of the hotel Sol del Oriente, last Saturday.
“Our movement is simultaneous and in support of the great mobilization that will be held the same day and at the same time as that in Cajamarca, in protest of the Conga project. They defend life, water and demand respect from the miners, here we do the same, but with the oil companies that continue to pollute,¨ said Emerson Sandy.
And indeed yesterday was a new spill in the area of Trompeteros, which according to reports was due to corrosion of the tubes, which after a few hours was brought under control.
Meanwhile the president of Acodecospat, Alfonso Lopez, an integral and vital part of the defense of life and water of the Amazon, said that companies constantly come polluting the rivers, and they oftentimes make it look like the indigenous brothers have done it [the polluting], which is not a credible claim.
“These contaminants are constantly affecting rivers, streams, lakes, fish and humans that live in the area. And now I want to say to those who live in Iquitos, here at home, the issue of contamination is not only a matter for indigenous peoples, in these moments the American company ConocoPhillips is doing work with Gran Tierra Energy, in the heart of the Nanay River basin, where water is collected to be consumed by all of us in the city.
We can not remain passive in lieu of everything that is happening now, they start exploration [today] and tomorrow they will begin exploiting, which will undoubtedly contaminate the watershed. We call everyone to participate in the mobilization, it isn´t a matter only for the indigensous, as many seem to think, but of water and of the defense of life and health. There are already companies that go to communities requesting permission to enter to take our natural resources, and this eventually will result in the poisoning of our rivers, with dredges, loggers, and oil companies, that do nothing more than physically and culturally disease our people. Our environment will be degraded, and no one can live with that,” elaborated Lopez.
See original article in Spanish at Diario La Region
See the Conoco Phillips Website indicating where they are going to be exploiting.
Tuesday, 31 January 2012