27 Mar '18, 4pm

More Than 2,400 Animals Killed by Oil Spill in Colombia

An oil spill of approximately 550 barrels (23,100 gallons) has killed more than 2,400 fish, birds and reptiles near the city of Barrancabermeja, Colombia, RCN Radio reported. Oil started spilling from the Lizama 158 oil field in early March and spread down 15 miles of the Lizama river and 12.4 miles of the Sogamoso river. According to local media, it took Colombia's state oil company Ecopetrol three weeks to respond to the environmental disaster. Colombia Reports noted that the crude started escaping the oil field on March 3 but it was only this past Saturday that Ecopetrol vowed to send heavy equipment that could stop the spill. The company said Tuesday that the spill is fully controlled and workers are carrying out environmental monitoring of the rivers. The cause of the spill is currently unclear but an investigation is underway. In addition to the 2,400 animals who die...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/oil-spill-colombia-animals-25536...

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