Peru declares environmental state of emergency in its rainforest | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Government reports high levels of barium, lead, chrome and petroleum-related compounds in region that is home to oil field

 

Peru has declared an environmental state of emergency in a remote part of its northern Amazon rainforest, home for decades to one of the country's biggest oil fields, currently operated by the Argentinian company Pluspetrol.

 

Achuar and Kichwa indigenous people living in the Pastaza river basin near Peru's border with Ecuador have complained for decades about thepollution, while successive governments have failed to deal with it. Officials indicate that for years the state lacked the required environmental quality standards... (click title for more)