29 Jun '16, 12pm

Communities brace for impact of Peruvian oil spill:

Communities brace for impact of Peruvian oil spill:

Three days after an oil spill was reported on their land , residents of the small riverside community of Barranca, in northeastern Peru, worry about environmental impacts while also fearing that they may be sidelined from cleanup jobs. Residents who helped block the spill’s advance the night of June 24 say they saw oil several kilometers down the ravine below the point where the Northern Peruvian Pipeline broke. They say rain washed some of the oil out of the ravine and into a palm swamp. In press releases, Petroperú, the state-run oil company that operates the pipeline, has denied that the oil has affected any bodies of water. The spill was first noticed on June 23 by a local man who was crossing the ravine downhill from the point where the pipeline was leaking and saw oil in the water, according to residents. It was reported to government officials on the afternoon of Ju...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/06/communities-brace-for-i...

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