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Ecuador: Oil spill in Amazon rainforest ‘could have been avoided’

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More than a million litres of oil spilled in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador after a pipeline ruptured on January 28. The company that manages the pipeline said it was damaged by falling rocks, brought down by erosion and heavy rain, claiming that the incident “could not have been foreseen”. But our Observer says this excuse isn’t enough.

The pipeline, managed by the private company OCP, is located in Ecuador, at the border of Napo and Sucumbíos provinces.

The equivalent of 6,300 barrels of oil – more than a million litres – flowed into the nearby Coca and Napo rivers. The spill impacted up to 21,000 square metres of the Cayambe-Coca reserve, a protected area.

View the full article on France 24’s Observers here.

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