Venezuela says Guarapiche oil spill under control

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Une pirogue sur une rivière à proximité de la ville de Maturin © EDWARD YANEZ / AFP

Venezuela will put 1,500 people to work clearing up an oil spill at a river in the east of the country that has forced the authorities to close a water purification plant, the environment minister said on Sunday.

Officials say an accident on February 4 ruptured a pipeline carrying crude near the city of Maturin in the latest of many mishaps to afflict state oil company PDVSA.


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