Miller asserted that at least 430 people are affected by this latest spill.
The health officials found that the “community of Barranca, which is close to the spill site, is most directly threatened,” observes Mongabay. “The community of about 725 people lacks basic services, such as safe drinking water and electricity, making it even more vulnerable. If the oil should reach the stream known as Barranca Caño, it would pose a serious risk, because the stream is the community’s main source of drinking water.”
Amidst this current scandal, “OEFA announced yesterday that they are fining PetroPeru some 10 million soles (a little over $3 million) for improper clean-up of the Cuninico oil spill in mid-2014,” Miller said. “This follows a recent report that Kukama indigenous villagers in Cuninico have high levels of mercury and cadmium in their urine. There’s no reason to assume the fate of the at least 430 people impacted by the most recent spill will be much different.”
“The third oil spill in the Amazon [this year] and still no preventive actions,” noted Henderson Rengifo, of local Indigenous rights group AIDESEP.
Miller roundly condemned what he described as “a system of environmental racism”:
“The situation is criminal,” Miller added, “and responsibility extends through PetroPeru to national politicians who weakened environmental regulations in recent years and the international oil companies that benefit from the pipeline.”
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