Environment News Service (ENS)

Argentina strives to clean mystery oil spill in Patagonia

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Source: Environment News Service (ENS)

An enormous oil spill of unknown origin has washed ashore in Argentine Patagonia north of Comodoro Rivadavia, fouling beaches and threatening the area's marine life, according to reports released in Buenos Aires by Chubut Environment Minister Monica Raimundo. Comodoro Rivadavia is at the heart of one of Argentina's main oil producing areas in Chubut province.  The four kilometer diameter oil slick struck the coast of Chubut province at Caleta Córdoba near an offshore oil loading platform where tankers line up to transport crude oil pumped locally to refineries in Buenos Aires about 1,740 kilometers to the north.

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