The remote villages of Nueva Alianza and Saramuro were the site of two massive oil pipeline leaks in late August. Investigations into the cause of the spills are ongoing, but vandalism or sabotage has not been ruled out. Village workers, hired to augment the cleanup efforts, say they have yet to be summoned for work more than a month after the spills. Standing on a damaged oil pipeline deep in the Peruvian Amazon that separates polluted water from clean, a worried Gilter Yuyarima Tapuyima fretted over the weather. “The raining season will come at the end of this month, and if we don’t clean up the oil, the flood will bring the oil into River Marañon,” said Tapuyima, the 37 year-old community leader of Nueva Alianza. On one side of the pipeline the water was clear and on the other side it was as dark as ink. The black surface reflected the mighty Amazon forest and the white bellies of dead fish sparkled here and there.