Argentine gas giant to explore in Manu National Park World Heritage site11/02/2013 15:36:46 Secret plans for gas exploration in UNESCO World Heritage Site exposed
February 2013. A report leaked to British newspaper, The Guardian, has revealed secret plans by Argentine gas giant Pluspetrol to explore for natural gas in Peru's Manu National Park World Heritage site and an area inhabited by uncontacted tribes in southeast Peru.
Plans to search for gas in one of Peru's most important protected areas have been clouded in secrecy. But the leak exposes Pluspetrol's intentions to work in both an uncontacted tribes' reserve and the world-famous Manu national park.
‘Development of the protected Manu National Park'
Stop press - Gas project plan halted
The Argentine gas giant Pluspetrol has publicly backtracked on plans to expand the notorious Camisea gas project in southeast Peru into one of the most biodiverse places on earth, following the exposure this week by The Guardian newspaper and Survival International.The company has released a statement in which it admitted planning what it described as ‘superficial geological studies... for scientific interest,' in Manu National Park, but promising that it had now abandoned these plans.
The Peruvian national parks authority Sernanp has also released a statement following the media storm, confirming it had denied Pluspetrol's request to work in the area on the grounds that the Manu's protected status ‘expressly prohibits the exploitation of natural resources'.
Nahua-Nanti reserve for isolated and uncontacted Indians
In 2011 a team of investigators employed by Pluspetrol were discovered by Nahua Indians carrying out studies in an area outside Pluspetrol's concession. Initially the Indians asked workers to leave their ancestral land, but they were later allowed to continue their work after the company offered gifts to members of the tribe.
Survival's Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘Pluspetrol are fully aware that their exploration plans are illegal. They will also know that trespassing on Indian land brings death and disease to the uncontacted inhabitants. If this project is allowed to continue, Pluspetrol could be responsible for the destruction of entire peoples. Why is the Peruvian government allowing a foreign company to ride roughshod over its law and jeopardize the survival of its own citizens?'