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government of Peru and the companies involved in the project have met several times with U.S. officials.

U.S government staffers involved in the reviews said that they have been made aware of the administration's keen interest in the project, but added that they do not know to what extent such interest is related to the political clout of Hunt or Halliburton.

Jon Sohn, international analyst for Friends of the Earth, said the connections are obvious to project opponents. "Hunt and Halliburton were involved in their campaign fundraising, in their transition policies and in Vice President Cheney's secret energy plan."  Last month, Hunt Oil's chief executive, Ray L. Hunt, toured Camisea with Toledo, said Carlos Garaycochea, Peru's vice minister of energy.


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