15 May '11, 6am

ConocoPhillips Abandons Amazon Oil Drilling Project #ecomonday #energy #conservation

ConocoPhillips Abandons Amazon Oil Drilling Project #ecomonday #energy #conservation

Just days ago, ConocoPhillips CEO James Mulva announced that his company would discontinue its involvement in a controversial oil drilling project in a remote area of the northern Peruvian Amazon. The oil company had been under fire from environmental and human rights organizations for its involvement in a joint venture with Repsol-YPF in an area known as "Oil Block 39." The operation was seen as a threat to the indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation in the Oil Block 39 region, and organizations claim the local tribes risked forced displacement and deadly epidemic as a result of the oil companies' presence there. The region that contains Oil Block 39 is considered to be one of the most biodiverse in the world and is home to at least two uncontacted indigenous tribes . Uncontacted Indians lack immunity to diseases brought by oil workers and could react violently i...

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