Target: Talisman Energy
Goal: End all oil exploration operations in Achuar territory in the Amazon.
The quest for oil may soon claim another culture and another ecosystem. Delegates from the Achuar tribe of the Peruvian Amazon recently traveled to Canada to attend the annual executive meeting of Talisman Energy in an attempt to negotiate the cessation of exploratory drilling on their land. No such concessions were made by Talisman. The land the Achuar have inhabited for centuries, along with their very livelihood, remains gravely threatened by the thirst for oil in the region.
This is not a new fight for the Achuar culture. In the early seventies a Los Angeles based oil company, Occidental Petroleum, began what became a thirty year operation on Achuar territory. During this time the rivers and streams which provide drinking water and food for the Achuar, were inundated with a devastating amount of toxic waste. Oil also leaked in the ground water and soil from the many pipelines in the area. A government investigation found indigenous peoples had high levels of dangerous elements, such as cadmium and lead, in their blood due to the oil operations.
In 2004, Talisman teamed up with Occidental to go forward with a new drilling plan in another part of Achuar territory, land that had previously been untouched for centuries. Because of indigenous opposition Occidental decided not to continue in the partnership, yet Talisman forged onward. The company claims support from many of the Achuar communities, however they consistently fail to provide evidence that this is indeed so.
With such strong opposition, the livelihood of a centuries-old culture at stake and the inevitable toll taken on the fragile ecosystem, Talisman still persists in conducting its oil exploration within the area. The Achuar need strong, even more persistent global support to ensure their environment and their homes are not made to endure another deluge of toxic waste. If Talisman is allowed to continue, where does it end? All of the Achuar, all of the land will be left ruthlessly barren, a very permanent end to rich biodiversity and a unique indigenous culture. Immediate pressure is needed to stop this ongoing atrocity.
Sign this petition to restore the land fully to the Achuar so that their culture and their ancestral land may continue to thrive peacefully and healthily without having to endure the burden of oil exploration and its inevitable consequences.
Dear Talisman Energy,
Your continued oil exploration methods in Achuar territory produce dangerous consequences to this indigenous tribe and their land. They have asked you to leave for many years and yet you remain in the area, threatening the land they depend on for survival.
I urge you to heed their calls for complete cessation of your operations. Encroaching on tribal land is not a business practice that endears itself to customers nor to the world at large, especially at a time when the global environment is increasingly fragile.
History has demonstrated the extremely hazardous potential effects that oil exploration has on the Achuar ecosystem. In its decades long operation in Achuar territory, your previous business partner, Occidental Petroleum, provides an unfortunate example of the devastating consequences your exploration unleashes on the environment. Allow it to be a valuable warning, not part of a destructive pattern.
It is time you placed higher value on the Amazon environment and the livelihood of indigenous peoples. Please end all operations in Achuar territory.
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