Look at the oil spilled in the world's 2nd 'Best Place for Wildlife'
It’s a flooded forest because it is at the confluence of the two major rivers that form the Amazon: the Maranon and the Ucayali. In the flooded season, the fish go into Pacaya-Samiria where there are a lot of food resources - all the debris left on the forest floor, all the fruits which have fallen and all the insects which are hanging onto the trees and leaves. That leads to reproduction. Basically, Pacaya-Samiria becomes an inland sea of 20,000 square kilometres - the largest flooded forest in western Amazonia - full of fish food. When the water goes down, the fish leave and go into the Maranon, Ucayali and Amazon. They move down and out of the reserve as it becomes drier. The whole fisheries of this section of western Amazonia to a large extent depends on Pacaya-Samiria.
Contaminants were detected in water, soil, sediment, and drinking water within and outside of the oil concession 8X operated by Pluspetrol. . . OEFA [within the Environment Ministry] found soils that contained hydrocarbons (TPH), as well as heavy metals such as barium, cadmium, lead, mercury, and arsenic. . . [The] ANA [Agriculture Ministry] examined water and sediment samples from 30 points monitored in the interior of the National Reserve and along the Marañon and Samiria River. They found contaminants such as arsenic, zinc, mercury, and others. Most prominent however is the presence of lead. . . DIGESA [Health Ministry] concluded that none of the monitored communities has access to clean drinking water. . .
Once upon a time a company proposed a plan to clean up the environmental contamination in its concession, and, with the deadlines unmet, decided to ignore its initial agreement and say that its plan was inapplicable because Mother Nature had already regenerated the area better than it had proposed. . . What would happen in a world where an oil company is legally exonerated from its socio-environmental obligations, and in addition abolishes the state’s capacity to identify environmental liabilities, thereby creating a land without Environmental Law where the company is literally untouchable? Incredibly, that place has a name. It’s called Peru. The company that invented this island of impunity is Pluspetrol Norte.