Don’t Drill for Oil in a Protected National Park

Target: President of Peru Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

Goal: End all oil exploration concessions in protected lands and national parks.

Authorities in Peru have included over 40 percent of the 1.3 million hectare National Park, Sierra del Divisor, in an oil and gas concession. This will open up the territory to exploratory drilling and the potential for oil spills and environmental contamination. Additionally, a number of uncontacted indigenous communities live within the bounds of the park, raising the concern that environmental degradation could undermine their livelihoods, destroy their communities, and potentially result in the end of their way of life.

The Sierra Del Divisor National Park is hugely biodiverse, holds a number of unique geological formations, and contains the headwaters of a number of Amazon River tributaries. Industrial pollution in the park may well result in contamination downstream, potentially threatening several million hectares of priceless rainforest.

The government of Peru has committed to protecting uncontacted indigenous peoples; any plan for exploratory drilling is a clear violation of that commitment. Additionally, plans for oil and gas developments fly in the face of the park’s protected status. Sign our petition and demand that the government of Peru rescind all oil and gas concessions in protected lands and national parks.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Kuczynski,

I was shocked to hear that over 40 percent of the 1.3 million hectare Sierra Del Divisor National Park overlaps with oil and gas concessions issued by your government. As you well know, this territory is home to a number of uncontacted indigenous communities, which your government has made commitments to protect. Any oil and gas development in this region threatens to undermine the environmental integrity of the park, and will thereby undermine the livelihoods of these communities.

Secondly, the Sierra Del Divisor National park is a site of significant biodiversity and the location of several headwaters of Amazon tributaries. Oil and gas installations produce toxic byproducts and most installations result in at least one spill. In the Sierra Del Divisor National park, this spill could lead to contamination downstream, and potential environmental catastrophe for Amazon ecosystems.

Protected lands must remain protected, and national parks must be free of oil and gas exploration. I urge you to cancel all oil and gas concessions in national parks and protected lands.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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5 Comments

  1. Don’t sell out this beautiful park for money! It’s supposed to be PROTECTED.

  2. NO BIG OIL AT A PROTECTED NATIONAL PARK NOW.

  3. I don’t know what it will take to make people understand that our precious lands on our precious earth is more valuable than a few dollars. I hope someone will figure out a way to permanently safeguard the national parks that will truly make them belong to the public. Not just in name only until a oil or mining big company wants to destory it in the name if getting richer. Because for too many years I believed that national parks were off limits to any business or persons that wanted to do basically anything they wanted. I was only worried about hunters and trappers destroying and torturing our wildlife. Then I realized that oil and mining companies if they wanted to go into our most sensitive and beloved national park they could, but then it was up to all of us (no matter how many times) to fend them off be it a year or five. They can come right back and start again wanting to destroy OUR lands. Because of a mining law that was passed in 1862 giving people the right called emminent domain.
    But is this the same law in Peru that the United States has? If so you withdraw the law so to truly keep your national parks National Treasures.

  4. Dear President Kuczynski,
    In the United States the General Mining Act of 1872 was passed that allows foreign mining companies to stake claims on our public lands. The 1872 mining law allows the rights of mining companies – no matter how insolvent, obscure, or far-off – to supersede the rights of the local community and businesses, that may not agree that mining is the best and highest use of our lands even if its a national park. To really make sure that the land stays OUR public land and to best be used by a majority is to pass a Mineral Withdrawal law. But in Peru maybe all it takes is for you to cancel the oil and gas concessions. If it is so easy how could you not do it. Not like the US and having to pass another law.

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