oil spills

Cleanup at spill site. Photo via twitter ‏@vozdelatierra​

Two oil spills have dumped 2000 to 3000 barrels of oil into two separate rivers in the Peruvian Amazon. Both spills occurred within 10 days of each other into tributaries of the Amazon River. This isn't the first time oil has spilled by PetroPeru, the state-owned petroleum company. In 2014 there was a 3000 barrel oil spill into the Marañón River, also an Amazon tributary. All the oil spills have resulted in wildlife deaths and contaminated water supplies for inhabitants of the region. All the oil spills have been attributed to poor pipeline maintenance and lax attention to preserving the local ecology. For more information visit the ZME Science website.