Landslide Smashes Wilderness Oil Pipeline | Peru, Brazil | 2013

420,000 Gal. Crude Dumped Into the Napo River

Peruvian Oil Spill

Oil from a ruptured pipeline operating in the Andes foothills has now reached the Coca River and Napo Rivers, major tributaries of the Amazon. The spill, which dumped about 420,000 gallons of crude oil into the wilderness, was caused by a landslide.  The oil slick continued down stream, contaminating drinking water in Coca Ecuador, and on into the Peruvian Amazon Basin.

The pipeline is operated by Petroecuador, the national oil company.

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