Protest ends over Pluspetrol Peru ops

Friday, September 26, 2014

Residents in the Peruvian town of Pichanaki in central Andes region Junín ended a protest that began September 22 against Pluspetrol work on block 108.

Community leaders agreed to end a roadblock after meeting with congressmen Federico Pariona and Jhony Cárdenas, according to state news agency Andina.

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The central jungle indigenous peoples regional association ARPI rejected the protests led by local environmental group Frente de Defensa Ambiental (FDA), according to the report.

Pluspetrol complied with all visits and informative talks to indigenous communities, said ARPI, whose coordinator, Lindon Pishagua, highlighted state development plans for the jungle zone.

The latest social conflicts report from the country's ombudsman office includes an alert regarding FDA opposition to Pluspetrol work.


Junín is in the Apurimac-Ene-Mantaro river valley - known by its Spanish acronym as VRAEM - an area plagued by drug trafficking and terrorist activity, according to the US Department of State and other observers.

Peru's cabinet this month extended a state of emergency for areas in regions Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica and Junín as part of VRAEM pacification efforts.

"First the zone must be pacified. There are no conditions of security," energy and mines minister Eleodoro Mayorga told congress' energy and mines committee in a hearing when asked about an LPG plant for Kepashiato, Cusco.


On a related front, culture minister Diana Álvarez-Calderón Gallo spoke to congress' budget committee about plans to carry out 25 new prior consultations next year.

As part of her 2015 budget arguments, the official announced that over 1,000 indigenous leaders will be trained for these processes.

At a Latin American prior consultation, climate change and investment forum, ombudsman office head Eduardo Vega Luna called for priority implementation of the prior consultation law.

BNamericas will host its 11th Southern Cone Energy Summit in Lima, Peru, on November 12-13. Click here to download the agenda.