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PERU PIPELINE LEAKS IN AMAZON, CHIRIACO AND MORONA RIVERS POLLUTED

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By Ann Tyller | February 25, 2016 6:30 pm

Ruptures in Peru’s main oil pipeline have spilled 3,000 barrels of crude in an Amazonian region, operator Petroperu said Monday, and the oil has polluted two rivers native villages rely on for water, according to government officials.

The oil has polluteinto the Chiriaco and Morona rivers in northwestern Peru, that at least eight indigenous communities rely on for water, the government and indigenous leaders said.

Ruptures in Peru’s main oil pipeline have spilled 3,000 barrels of crude in an Amazonian region

Ruptures in Peru’s main oil pipeline have spilled 3,000 barrels of crude in an Amazonian region

Petroperu has promised a full clean-up and is also providing food and water.

The company said the first leak was triggered by a landslide but the cause of the second rupture was unclear.

State-owned Petroperu faces some 60 million soles ($17 million) in fines if tests confirm that the spills, in late January and early February, hurt the health of locals, said OEFA.

The spills come at a time when Petroperu has been getting ready to participate in oil production with a private partner after its mostly refining, commercializing and transporting operations for over two decades. The company also has plans of listing 49 percent of its operations on the Lima Stock exchange, Reuters reported.

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