Perenco in press storm about uncontacted tribes
|A Yaminahua girl in south-east Peru. The Yaminahua live near members of the uncontacted Murunahua tribe. |
© David Hill/Survival
Perenco’s plans for the pipeline, recently revealed, were reported in leading Peruvian newspapers such as the Lima daily El Comercio which highlighted the ‘controversy’ over the company’s plans and the opposition to them. The pipeline plans were also reported by La Primera in a story headlined ‘Danger: pipeline’ which described how the company is ‘ignoring the uncontacted tribes’ and failing to ‘take into account the negative impacts’ of the pipeline on the ‘exceptional wealth of fauna and flora’ in the region.
Perenco claims the tribes don’t exist, but a recent statement from Peru’s Energy Ministry admitted that their existence was ‘possible’ and requested the company to prepare an ‘anthropological contingency plan’ in case of contact. The head of the government’s indigenous affairs department, INDEPA, has promised to form a ‘team of experts’ to investigate further, according to a press report.
Survival has collected a great deal of evidence of the uncontacted tribes’ existence in the region where Perenco is working.