Fifth Camisea pipeline spill spurs official review


Peruvian officials are pledging to speed an audit of the Camisea gas pipeline following the fifth spill since the controversial project was inaugurated in Aug. 2004. On March 4, the 350-mile (560-km) pipeline that carries gas liquids from the gas field in southeastern Peru’s jungle to the coast ruptured, spilling about 750 cubic meters (4,700 barrels) of liquids. A parallel pipeline carrying natural gas was shut down so officials could determine whether it was affected. Local residents reported an explosion followed by a massive fireball that destroyed several houses and fields of crops and left a woman and child with first- and second-degree burns. News reports showed a large charred area with small fires still burning 24 hours later. Health Ministry monitors... [Log in to read more]

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