Compensate Indigenous Community After Multiple Oil Spills

Target: Rex W. Canon, CEO of Maple Energy

Goal: Demand that Maple Energy compensate the people of Canaán de Caciyacu for damages caused by multiple oil spills.

Maple Energy took control of an oil lot that is home to the indigenous community of Canaán de Caciyacu in the Peruvian Amazon in 1994. Since then, they have caused a series of oil spills: seven in the past 4 years alone due to careless management and rusted pipelines. Please sign this petition to demand that the community be paid necessary compensation to clean the surrounding environment, provide health resources to the people, and upgrade management of the area to prevent further damage.

In the Amazon of Peru the Shipibo people of Canaán de Caciyacu have taken control of nine oil wells belonging to Maple Energy until their demands for clean water, health care, and justice are met. Tucked inside the Amazon Rainforest, Canaán de Caciyacu used to provide clean drinking water from fresh water streams, a plentitude of fish from the rivers, fertile soil for planting, and an array of jungle animals to hunt. After an astonishing amount of oil spills–seven in the past 4 years alone–the area has been reduced to a contaminated cesspool without animal life, safe drinking water, or appropriate resources to sustain life.

Instead of providing resources like clean water, medical care, or a clean-up plan, Maple Energy instructed the community to clean the water themselves using rags and their bare hands. While community members now travel up to 3 hours to find non-contaminated water and sources of food, they were initially forced to ingest oil-contaminated water resulting in a number of illnesses and deaths. There has been a huge increase in cancer and deaths from “unknown illnesses” in the village that local doctors cannot treat or diagnose.

A recent environmental impact study by renowned economist, Juan Aste Daffós, estimates the damages owed to Canaán de Caciyacu by Maple Energy total over $13 million. Please sign this petition and demand that Maple Energy provide the $13 million in damages to the indigenous community they have devastated.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Canon,

Your company’s poor management of drilling procedures in the Canaán de Caciyacu region of the Amazon has resulted in the devastation of the indigenous Shipibo people. Since Maple Energy took control of the oil lot that is home to this community in 1994, there have been a number of oil spills–reportedly seven in the last 4 years alone. Despite Maple Energy being at fault for careless use of old, rusted pipelines, it is the people of the Canaán de Caciyacu that have suffered without any aid from you, the responsible party.

A recent environmental impact study by renowned economist, Juan Aste Daffós, estimates the damages owed by Maple Energy to total over $13 million for environmental and health atrocities. People once settled in this area because of the clean drinking water, abundance of fish and animals, and promising soil for farming. Since the series of oil spills, these foundations for life have been overcome and replaced with damaging environmental influences resulting in a high incidence of cancer and other diseases untreatable by local doctors.

Please do the right thing and clean up the Canaán de Caciyacu region. While the deaths you have caused cannot be paid for, there is still a chance for you to make things right for the future. It is your responsibility to acknowledge the mistakes made by Maple Energy, compensate the affected parties, and make necessary changes going forward to prevent devastating another indigenous culture or land for profit.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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