In Peru, E-Tech is a technical representative of multiple indigenous federations in the Department of Loreto in northern Peru and works with national governmental agencies; regional (state-equivalent) governments in Cusco and Loreto; and professional, academic, and civil society groups. In February 2006, Following five pipeline ruptures in 18 months, we conducted an independent audit of the Camisea natural gas/natural gas liquids pipeline, accurately predicted a future pipeline break, and effectively pressured a 2007 governmental audit. From 2009 to 2012, E-Tech, with the Department of Cusco, held annual fora with diverse participants to discuss monitoring, best oilfield practices, and prior and informed consent. Participants requested that Bill Powers write a Spanish-language best oilfield practices manual for tropical rainforests (see link below). Since 2006, E-Tech has provided technical assistance and training to indigenous federations in the Rio Corrientes- Pastaza-Maranon-Tigre region in Loreto/northern Peru. E-Tech’s Bill Powers initially developed and oversaw a cleanup plan for the area that sped up deep-well injection of oilfield brines and initiated a partial cleanup of crude spills - both of which helped prevent violence. Under an indigenous-Loreto-national government accord, E-Tech’s Ricardo Segovia, Bill Powers, and Mark Quarles began a comprehensive environmental and an initial remediation evaluation for the federations of Loreto oil concessions in 2013. Collaboration will continue through at least 2015 with national and regional governments, civil society groups, and indigenous federation to monitor remediation strategies, expand technical capacity, and identify approaches forstrengthening regulation. Training on oilfield best practices in the Manu biosphere region will take place in 2014, and we plan to begin evaluating the environmental effects of small-scale mining for the government of Rio Santiago in the Peruvian Cordillera del Condor area.
E-Tech/Regional Government of Cusco Fora on Hydrocarbon Environmental Monitoring, Best Practices and Environmental Criteria of Prior Informed Consent and Consultancy (2009-2011)
"The Real Avatar"/"El Avatar verdadero"
On March 30, 2012, at the Universidad Catolica in Lima, Peru, E-Tech, the Universidad Catolica Centro Cultural and Ingreso Libre presented a Spanish-language translation of "The Real Avatar." The film is a March 2011 episode of the Canadian program, "The Nature of Things" by David Suzuki. It graphically examines two case studies in Peru reminiscent of the movie "Avatar."
The granting of oil and mining concessions without the prior informed consent of indigenous people led to the massacre at Bagua near the Cordillera del Condor area in Peru and the deterioration of a local community in southern Peru. E-Tech Chief Engineer Bill Powers strongly promoted the film to be shown in Lima, helped translate the film into a Spanish version, and played a supporting role in the film. E-Tech is working on mining issues in the Cordillera del Condor region across the border in Ecuador and has been assisting communities involved in Hunt Oil exploration shown in the film.
The film can be viewed here (Canadian residents only).