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The conflict between the population and the Peruvian oil industry

For nearly three decades, oil spills and pipeline leaks have wreaked havoc in the Amazon basin and on the coast of Peru. This prompted protests against the national industry, leading it into a recession with production cuts, decreased energy investment, and the withdrawal of foreign energy companies from Peru.

Oil spills are a true environmental catastrophe for this country, where environmental protection has not been a government priority for decades. Dumping and other environmentally damaging incidents prompt indigenous communities to report damage to their ancestral lands, Matthew Smith wrote for

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