LIMA – Peru’s OEFA environmental enforcement agency said it had sent a team of specialists to evaluate the damage from an oil pipeline spill in the northern Amazon region of Loreto.
A group of OEFA experts has been working since Friday to determine the causes of the spill and the scope of the environmental damage and assess whether a contingency plan was activated in a timely manner.
The spill occurred a week ago due to a leak in state-owned oil company Petroperu’s North Peruvian Pipeline in Datem del Marañon province, some 13 kilometers (eight miles) from the spot where the conduit crosses the Mayuriaga River, a tributary of the Morona River.
The OEFA said in a statement Wednesday in Lima that the volume of oil that spilled into the Mayuriaga was still unknown because that information was not included in the company’s environmental emergency report.
During its inspection of the affected area, the agency has corroborated the presence of crude on the surface of the Morona River and at the mouth of the Cashacaño stream.
Petroperu said Wednesday in a statement that it had fixed a 55-centimeter (21-inch) crack in the pipeline by installing a repair clamp.
The Peruvian company added that it was “working on the clean-up and remediation of the affected area in coordination with authorities and local residents” and confirmed its commitment to environmental protection.