Guatemala: Illegal landing strip found in Laguna del Tigre NP

On the 26th of April, two reporters flew over the Laguna del Tigre National Park, located in the San Andrés municipality in the department of Petén, intending to monitor fires that were devastating the protected area.

Whilst up in the air, the plane flew over the Xan oil field, which has been in operation for the Franco-British company Perenco since 2001. It was here that the industrial plant, chimneys and their large tarmac runway could be seen. They then continued to fly north when suddenly they spotted what was clearly a secret runway: a basic 1km strip that crossed a field and a bit of forest, and that started barely 25 meters from one of Perenco’s oil wells, the Xan-30.

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