LA PAZ – A pipeline was ruptured this weekend in Chapare, a coca-growing region in central Bolivia, spilling nearly 400 barrels of crude oil, state-owned oil company YPFB said.
A heavy machinery operator damaged the Carrasco-Cochabamba pipeline on Friday near the town of Ivirgarzama, YPFB said in a statement.
“The affected area has been cordoned off and the spilled product was contained with teams and specialized equipment,” YPFB said, adding that “we will continue the clean-up and remediation” work over the next few days.
Crude spilled into the Magareño River, killing fish, the private ATB network reported on Saturday.
Containment booms and chemical agents are being used “to capture all the petroleum that’s in the river,” a YPFB technician told ATB.