Ecuador: Oil spill may threaten tourism on Napo and Coca Rivers

Posted on June 4, 2013 • Filed under: Ecuador, Enviromental Issues, TRAVEL reported last Friday, at kilometer 82 via Quito-Lago Agrio, Reventador industry, heavy rains in the night of 30 to 31 May prompted, on the morning of the latter part of the mountain gave way.

According to Petroecuador, the material she slid breakage caused at least 140 meters of the pipeline that transports crude and is part of the Trans-Ecuadorian Pipeline System (SOTE). This accident resulted, according to preliminary official data, spilling 10 000 of 360 000 barrels of oil transported by this system. The pollution of rivers was fast and so far incurable.

Jorge José Fabre, naturalist guide and tourism consultant, who works in the area for 12 years and runs a community project with the Waorani, through The Waorani Experience, witnessed the early hours of Saturday 1. ° June, the magnitude of the spill on both the Coca River, and on the Napo River, “Before 0800, the address with tourists to the town of Puerto Francisco de Orellana (El Coca), I realized that something was in the water Coca River could be seen as a kind of “skin” on the surface black. But then the group traveling with me realized that it was oil, consistency and the strong smell coming out of the river. The trip on the boat was at least 15 miles, and throughout the route, the problem persisted.” Read Article
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