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Hunt Oil Peru: 782.740 km 2D seismic lines, most of which are illegaly inside a nature reserve

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(Perhaps abit less, as Lines 4 and 11 were, I was told, cancled) 

What are siesmic lines? 

according to the Alberta Centre for Boreal Studies (Nov., 2001) – 

Conventional practices: 

  • Seismic (or geophysical) exploration is used to identify and map oil and gas deposits prior to drilling. The technique is based on analyzing how sound waves are reflected from subsurface structures.
  • First, a long linear corridor, 6-8 m in width, is cleared using a bulldozer.
  • Then truck-mounted drilling equipment is used to drill a series of holes at defined locations along the corridor for the placement of dynamite charges (the usual source of seismic sound waves).
  • The dynamite charges are sequentially exploded and the reflected sound waves are recorded at the surface using portable recording equipment.
  • In the final step a computer is used to amalgamate the sequential recordings into a seamless cross-sectional representation of the subsurface.
  • A complete seismic survey of an area typically involves a series of seismic lines running parallel to each other, usually at a distance of 400 m or more between lines.


That is, of course, Alberta conventional. 

Hunt Oil and Domus own Report  EIA – Prospección Sísmica 2D en el Lote 76 

is telling us that the area of the seismic lines investigation would be affected by: 

782.740 km of lines (156.55 hectares) 

166 helicopters 

1984 discharging areas 

166 flying camps 

1 rear base camp 

1 sub base camp 

“Hunt signed a contract with Peru’s government to explore within Lot 76 in 2006 and later brought in the Spanish firm Repsol as a half-partner in the project. The lot overlaps with much of the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve as well as 16 titled native communities-including those 10 that are adjacent to the reserve and jointly responsible for managing it with the national government. Hunt’s exploration work calls for 18 seismic lines with 20,000 detonation points across the southern part of the reserve. This work is to be serviced by 166 mobile camps with heliports, as well a main base camp. FENAMAD said these activities are to take place in the most sensitive part of the reserve, near the headwaters of the rivers that flow into the Río Madre de Dios.” (Bill Weinberg /NACLA nov 2, 2009) 

I still did not find a nice way to upload big PDFs, but here are two options to see the sasme map 

1_8_1_MAPA_USO_ACTUAL_A1 or here . 

Becuase of the very delicate locations of the siesmic lines, there is no way to monitor the actions of the company, as, apart from the natives who historically have hunting rights in this reserve, no one is permitted access. 

I am suggesting a project in which Native hunters would be given cameras and encouraged to take pictures of Hunter Oil’s work. 

Would you help?

Written by naturesong

April 10, 2010 at 17:49

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. please send me the phone number to hunt oil offices in Lima Peru.

    beatrice pedraza

    May 24, 2010 at 00:22

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