Ecuador checks oil spill after mudslide breaks pipeline

March 2nd, 2008 - 7:11 pm ICT by admin  


Quito (Ecuador), March 2 (IANS) Ecuador’s state-run oil company Petroecuador has announced it has contained the oil spill after a mudslide broke a part of the Trans-Ecuadorian pipeline (SOTE) system last week, Spain’s EFE news agency reported Sunday. The spill of 4,000 barrels of crude has been brought under control in the El Reventador sector, on the road that connects Quito with the Amazon city of Baeza, some 60 km east of the capital, according to a communique from Petroecuador Saturday.

A pipeline of the SOTE system was damaged when heavy downpour across Ecuador last week caused a mudslide in the El Reventador area and covered about 70 metres of the Quito-Baeza highway.

Most of the spilled crude flowed into a swamp, which made containment easier, the communiqu

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