Recent Oscar winner, Leonardo DiCaprio, took to social media this Monday urging people to protest to the Peruvian authorities for the recent oil spill in rivers of the Peruvian Amazon affecting native communities.
“3,000 barrels of oil spilled in the Amazon! Act for indigenous communities and our climate,” he wrote on Twitter. The star also attached a link to the American NGO Amazon Watch, where users are encouraged to send a message to Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano.
The link includes a video showing how dozens of workers at the state oil company PetroPerú extract the oil from the river using plastic buckets to prevent the spill from spreading in the area, thus causing further damage to the nature of the region.
“The water is contaminated, no one will be able to drink it. That is one of the damages that we will not be able to control,” says Otoniel Dandicho, district mayor of Imaza, a district within the affected zone.
On Sunday, the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency within 16 indigenous communities in the Amazon affected by oil spills from Petroperú pipelines.
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) February 29, 2016
The first spill occurred on January 25 in the district of Imaza (23,000 inhabitants), in the Amazonas region. The leak was followed by a second stroke on February 3 in the Morona district (9,000 inhabitants), in the country’s Loreto region.
During early February, President Ollanta Humala’s government had already declared a state of emergency in terms of the water quality from the rivers supplying residents of the affected districts.
According to environmental authorities, the spill was caused by the deterioration of the fuel pipelines.