Camisea pipeline leaks in rainforest of Peru
Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com
March 8, 2006
The controversial pipeline is located in the Peru's Amazon rainforest, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. Since it began pumping gas to the capital city of Lima in mid-2004, the pipeline has leaked five times, including a rupture that spilled 6,000 barrels into the jungle last November. The continuing leaks have raised concerns among local communities and triggered a government threat to cancel the pipeline operator's (Transportadora de Gas del Peru) operating contract.
|Pipeline in neighboring Ecuador.|
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