The Peruvian Amazon is a vast wilderness that covers three hundred thousand square miles and 60 percent of the country. It’s also been the side of a large-scale oil drilling for over forty years.
Fusion’s Nicolás Ibargüen traveled to the Peruvian Amazon to meet the Achuar indigenous group and take a look at an oil spill that sparked anger and activism in the community.
Earthrights International launched a legal battle against Occidental Petroleum on behalf of the five Achuar communities in this area.
Earthrights and the Achuar announced a settlement with Occidental in 2015. This represented a small victory for the Achuar, but oil extraction continues throughout the region.