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Peru’s Amazon Degradation

1971 – 1996

“An estimated nine billion barrels of oil wastewater is released into Amazonian watersheds, which members of Peru’s indigenous Achuar community say has caused unexplained diseases, tumors, skin ailments, and miscarriages from oil exposure. In 2007, the Achuar community sues U.S.-based Occidental Petroleum in U.S. courts for environmental and health damages caused by the pollution. Plaintiffs allege that the company ignored industry standards and violated U.S., Peruvian, and international law. Occidental says there is no evidence of detrimental health effects. In 2015, the two sides reach a settlement outside of court, the size of which has not been made public.” Council on Foreign Relations

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