Press Release

Peru: Government must restore order in Loreto and stop acts of violence against the population and oil installations

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Press release from SPH

This is a machine translation of the original release issued in Spanish

November 8, 2022

Peruvian hydrocarbons industry group SPH warns about the serious insecurity situation that affects Loreto, which not only puts at high risk the continuity of hydrocarbon activities, which is the main industry in this region, but also that of its population and asks the national authorities to restore the rule of law and social peace.

The Norperuano Pipeline (ONP) owned by the State and considered a critical national asset, due to which it must receive special security treatment by law enforcement, has been paralyzed for more than 8 months, has suffered this year 12 attacks against its facilities, in which drills and other tools have even been used, which have damaged its structure and caused the spill of crude oil, deliberately affecting the water sources and the ecosystems of the impacted places.

The paralysis of the ONP makes it difficult to transport national oil production, which due to this must be limited to river transport through barges, making logistics more expensive and cutting revenue from the pipeline and the profitability of its operation.

Despite the seriousness of the events, to date, neither police nor prosecutorial investigations have identified the material and intellectual authors of these environmental crimes. It is inadmissible that in some cases the remediation work carried out by Petroperú could not be carried out in a timely manner, due to the opposition of the population itself, also affected by the attacks, which uses these acts as a measure of pressure to be heard by the government. and that their basic needs are taken care of.

What is happening right now in the district of Puinahua, in the province of Requena, is very serious. The Petrotal company that operates Lot 95 located in that area, has publicly denounced that an indigenous organization incites the use of weapons and violence to prevent the development of its production activities and threatens the population that does not want to join these acts.

The absence of the authorities and the effective performance of their duties have allowed the seizure of passenger boats on the Marañón River, who were deprived of their liberty, and the blockade of river transport of crude oil. It is worrying that the General Directorate of Captaincies and Coast Guards of the Peruvian Navy, which is the country's river authority, has not effectively fulfilled its mission of “ensuring the safety of human life and repressing all illegal acts; exercising control and surveillance of all activities carried out in the aquatic environment”, as declared and in accordance with the Law.

The SPH joins the call made by the Chamber of Commerce of Indigenous Peoples in rejection of violence and in the search for development without actions that could put people's lives at risk.

We insist that the government must diligently and responsibly restore internal order to prevent criminal and violent acts against civil society and public and private property, attend to the needs of the Loreto population by correctly using the resources generated by business activity, like the oil industry that between October 2021 and September 2022 has paid 214.7 million soles for the canon for that region

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