Demand Government Investigate Oil Disasters

Target: Luis Miguel Incháustegui Zevallos, Minister of Energy and Mines, Peru

Goal: Demand the Peruvian government take over investigations of oil spills from biased industrial agents.

The threat of environmental disaster is a constant specter in northern Peru, home to dozens of species in one of the most biodiverse regions in the Americas. It’s also the location of more than 1,200 oil wells whose owners are under no serious obligation to give accurate details of destructive oil spills to authorities. In the past decade, nearly 10,000 barrels of oil have been spilled or dumped straight into the waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. There, huge slicks drift along the waves before settling to the ocean floor, leaving a toxic film on threatened marine life.

Peru’s central government has no reliable figures for the amounts of and consequent harm done by these spills. For years, oil companies have been trusted to report their own damage, while the government has declined to take responsibility. As a result, government records on oil spills are riddled with errors, inaccuracies, omissions, and outright lies. It’s time for Peru to find out the truth about oil damage. Demand that the national government take over all future investigations by signing the petition below.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Incháustegui,

Hundreds of barrels of oil are spilled in Peruvian waters every year, but because those who profit from oil are trusted to report their own failures, no accurate information is available for this destruction. Without any serious obligation to honesty, Peru’s coastal regions will continue to suffer from toxic pollution unless an impartial agency takes responsibility for learning the truth about oil spills and accidents. I demand that you empower your agency to investigate every oil spill to ensure the survival of Peruvian wildlife.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Joe deSousa




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