Peruvian Protests Block Pluspetrol Oil Barges in Amazon Jungle

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) — Peruvian villagers protesting for food aid blocked a river in the northern Amazon jungle, preventing oil barges from docking, Argentina’s Pluspetrol SA said.

The company, the largest oil and natural gas producer in Peru, distributed 730 tons of food and 1,500 tons of water since a July oilspill in the Maranon River, Pluspetrol said today in an e-mailed statement. Distribution was halted after an Oct. 19 report by the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute showed no traces of oil in the river, Pluspetrol said.

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