Target: Environmental Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal of Peru
Goal: Support new regulations on the activity of an oil conglomerate that has been polluting the Amazon rainforest
Recently, Peru passed environmental protection legislation following a declaration of a state of emergency regarding an isolated part of the northern Amazon rainforest. This area is characterized by high oil yields, so it has been highly exploited by Peru’s largest oil conglomerate, Pluspetrol. Indigenous civilians have complained about the pollution caused by this corporation for years. Now, the Peruvian government is finally taking a stand.
New legislation dictates the percentages of acceptable contaminants in the soil content of the area. Pluspetrol has also been given ninety days to clean the areas of extreme contamination, or face governmental repercussions. This is not the first time Pluspetrol has been challenged by opposing forces.
As described by Peru’s environmental minister Manuel Pulgar-Vida, “We know that there has been bad environmental behavior by the company in the past because there were no regulations but also in the present because it’s not acting responsibly and it’s not giving the correct information about what’s happening in the zone.”
The company has faced many multimillion dollar lawsuits and, being an overwhelmingly wealthy and powerful organization, has evaded each of these allegations. Pluspetrol has managed to destroy this environment without repercussion, without limitation, for over a decade. Regulatory and oversight policies are finally being propounded, unfortunately, after much damage has already been done.
As described by Dan Collyns of The Guardian, “The ministry says further environmental checks will be carried out on the upper Marañón, Tigre and Corrientes river basins where Pluspetrol also operates.” The government is clearly zeroing in on the corrupt establishment in an effort to stem the tides of environmental degradation.
Sign below to show your support for the Peruvian government in the battle against Pluspetrol.
Dear Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal,
We want to show our support for you in your fight against Pluspetrol. This company has played an integral role in the destruction of various natural flora and fauna in your country. The recent passage of the legislation, which limits contamination of soil is a move in the right direction. Certainly, much more can be done, but this should prove important in the reclamation of the pristine environment of your country.
We hope that you will not stop here, and will make stricter safeguards in order to secure the preservation of your country’s rainforest. Good luck.
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