What is Petrotal Saying? Problematic Company Statements for Affected Communities

What is Petrotal Saying? Problematic Company Statements for Affected Communities
By Charis Kamphuis and Robin Kelly

Canadian oil company, PetroTal S.A., owns and operates one of the most productive oil fields in Peru. This report is rooted in a commitment to uphold the right of communities impacted by PetroTal’s operations, to know what the company is saying to its investors about its operations and about those same communities. The objective of this report is to provide this information in an accessible way that enables affected communities to evaluate the truth of the company’s statements for themselves and to use this information to defend their rights.

In 2020, the company temporarily shut down its operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It reopened in August 2020. According to independent reports, in August 2020, a group of approximately 70 people from the Kukama Indigenous community protested the operations of the company during the pandemic, the harm to the environment, and the lack of government support for the health system. The protestors initially negotiated with PetroTal representatives, but they did not arrive at an agreement. PetroTal called on the Peruvian National Police, who sent 40 officers. The police and protestors confronted one another resulting in at least 10 injured protestors, 6 injured police, and 3 protestors who were killed.

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