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Oil giant ConocoPhillips ?pulls out? of controversial Amazon project

by Survival International Tuesday, May. 17, 2011 at 4:05 PM
info.usa@survivalinternational.org 202 525 6972

US oil giant ConocoPhillips has reportedly announced it is pulling out of the controversial oil block 39 in the northern Peruvian Amazon.

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The decision comes after global outrage over the risk oil companies pose to the lives of two uncontacted tribes living in the area.

More than 50 international NGOs signed Survivals letter last year asking oil companies Repsol, Perenco and ConocoPhillips to withdraw immediately from the region.

Uncontacted Indians lack immunity to diseases brought by oil workers and could react violently if their lands are at threat.

ConocoPhillips held a 45% interest in block 39, which is majority owned by Spanish-Argentine company Repsol-YPF.

Anglo-French Perenco plans to build a pipeline from within the same area which will destroy large tracts of forest and cut across the tribes land.

ConocoPhillips is yet to announce who will buy their stake in the oil block.

Survival Internationals Director, Stephen Corry, said today, If these global businesses truly care about ethical responsibility they cannot continue to work in areas where they are endangering peoples lives. It is not possible to obtain uncontacted tribes permission to work in these oil blocks, so the only logical conclusion is that they should keep off their land.

To read this story online: http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/7271

For more information and images, or to use the attached image, please contact Lindsay Duffield:

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Christina Chauvenet
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Oil industry barges are a constant sight on the rivers of northern Peru ? Survival

by Survival International Tuesday, May. 17, 2011 at 4:05 PM
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