Two killed by oil tank explosion in Peru
08 December 2017
On December 6, Petroperu reported that an explosion in a crude oil tank at Station No. 8 on the Nor Peruano Pipeline, located in the province of Jaén, Cajamarca, left two people dead. The deceased were workers employed by a maintenance contractor and a third worker suffered first and second degree burns, Petroperu said.
The state-owned oil company said it was investigating the cause of the blast at the 300 cubic metre tank,according to El Comercio.
The explosion follows repeated oil spills from the Petroperu pipeline, that the company has blamed on attacks by unidentified vandals.
According to a Reuters report, the Peruvian environmental regulator OEFA said another reason for the spills was poor maintenance, and fined the company US$3.5 million for "repeated and systematic failure of its environmental obligations."
The spills have sparked protests from communities living in the Amazon jungle, which the pipeline crosses for much of its course to the Pacific.