Pluspetrol denies having intention to explore in a Peruvian nature reserve
Lima, 12 feb (EFE).-the Argentine company Pluspetrol denied today that it is interested in making exploration works in the Manu National Park, a known ecological reserve located between the southern regions of Cuzco and Madre de Dios.
Local media echoed today's information published by the British newspaper The Guardian who said that Pluspetrol would be planning a strategy to make explorations in search of natural gas in the Amazon the Manu reserve.
The information said that this was while in March 2012, Peruvian authorities refused to grant that permission, because it is forbidden to extractive activities in protected natural areas.
The company, which operates the gas of Camisea Consortium, said today in a statement that "has not carried out or is planning to make any extractive activity outside their concession area".
"All projected to be in the same (block 88) have been detailed in the existing EIA (environmental impact assessment) and are limited to the area of the lot," he said in reference to the area of the southern region of Cuzco where he works.
The company reported, however, that "for scientific interest was recommended to request permission for surface geological observations in the National Park of the Manu, with zero intervention in the environment, and therefore null environmental impact".
He added that he made consultations to study the possibility of requesting permission, but he decided not to continue with this process "given the restrictiveness of the area".
"The Consorcio Camisea denies that has had or has an interest for exploration activities in the National Park of the Manu", concluded.
In mid-December of last year, the Interethnic Association for development of the Peruvian jungle (Aidesep) announced that it evaluated to sue to the Peruvian Government and Pluspetrol for so-called enlargement of lot 88 which could affect "isolated people" of the South of the country.
On 16 January, the Government of Peru ratified a fine of 29 million soles (11,37 million dollars) imposed on Pluspetrol for violating environmental obligations in the Pacaya Samiria Amazon reserve.
The fine applied by non-compliance with activities of environmental recovery in lot 8, located in the District of Parinari, in the province and Department of Loreto, an area in the Pacaya Samiria national reserve.
According to data of the Ministry of energy and mines, the concession of Camisea area amounts to 142,000 hectares, of which currently works on 80 acres, so the Peruvian Government claims that its impact on nature is "minimal".
The Government reported last year a report that points out that Camisea has 11.2 trillion cubic feet (bpc) of proven gas reserves.
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