Clean Up Six-Month Oil Leak


Target: Peru’s Minister of Environment, Pedro Otálora

Goal: Stop a leaking pipeline from sickening wildlife and people in Peru

The Petroperú pipeline has been cracked and leaking since June 2014, contaminating the water and fish that people who live along the Marañón river depend on to survive. The pipeline has broken in five different places, but, rather than repairing the 40-year-old pipeline, Petroperú has blamed vandalism and provided minimal cleanup assistance. The leaks have received little press coverage even while the Peruvian government meets with the United Nations about climate and environment issues in Lima.

The leaking crude oil is having catastrophic effects on the indigenous peoples who live along the river in Peru. Children are getting sick from drinking contaminated water and eating contaminated fish. Large mammals like the capybara are dying as well because their food sources are tainted by the spilled crude oil. With minimal cleanup efforts and little attention from the press, the five breaks in the pipeline will continue to make people sick and destroy the already-threatened Peruvian jungle.

The Petroperú pipeline has already been leaking for several months, poisoning the river and all the lives that depend on it. The pipeline needs to be fixed, and Peru’s Ministry of Environment needs to address the leak and evaluate how oil and gas extraction are affecting its people right now. Call for the Ministry of Environment to speak up about the leaking Petroperú pipeline and take action to help the people and wildlife affected by the spill.


Dear Minster Otálora,

The Petroperú pipeline has been spilling oil into the Marañón River since June 2014. The spill is poisoning the area, affecting people, water supplies, fish, and wildlife. The response from Petroperú has been minimal, and the company has even blamed the people living near the pipeline for its breaks. The pipeline is over 40 years old and currently has five breaks continuously spilling oil into the river—the Ministry of Environment needs to address this issue before more people get sick and condemn the company for shifting blame to the victims of the spill.

As Minster of the Environment, you are in a great position to support the people and wildlife by calling for change. The pipeline needs repairs, and Petroperú needs to address them. Reparations need to be made for the damage done by the leaking oil, and the Ministry of Environment needs to speak out about why this spill has been allowed to continue for six months with almost no response. Please show your support for the Peruvian jungle by condemning the poor response to the spill and by taking action towards preventing this from happening again.


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Photo Credit: Gato Montes via Wikimedia Commons

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