Oil extraction in the Amazon basin and exposure to metals in indigenous populations

Cristina O'Callaghan-Gordo, Juan A. Flores, Pilar Lizárraga, Tami Okamoto, Diana M. Papoulias, Federica Barclay, Martí Orta-Martínez, Manolis Kogevinas, John Astete

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    Abstract

    © 2018 Elsevier Inc. Most oil extraction areas in the Peruvian Amazon are within indigenous territories. Poor environmental practices have exposed the indigenous population to metals. We conducted a survey in two indigenous Kukama communities to assess body burdens of metals after the occurrence of two major oil spills in 2014. Urine levels above those recommended by the Peruvian Ministry of Health were observed in 50% and 17% of the study population for mercury and cadmium, respectively.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)226-230
    JournalEnvironmental Research
    Volume162
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

    Keywords

    • Cadmium
    • Indigenous health
    • Mercury
    • Metals
    • Oil extraction
    • Peru

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