Occidental Petroleum settles Peru pollution case

Indigenous communities that sued Occidental Petroleum Corp. over contamination in Peru's northern Amazon have reached an out-of-court settlement in which the oil company will pay them an undisclosed sum. The amount is confidential, under a settlement that was reached in 2013 in Los Angeles federal court but not announced until Thursday. The money is to fund community development projects. The case was the first of its kind involving oil drilling in South America to advance in U.S. courts, said attorney Marco Simons of EarthRights International, which represented the plaintiffs. Five Achuar communities, along with the environmental group Amazon Watch, sued Occidental in 2007, alleging...