An oil spill in Ecuador is beginning to impact Peru and is now threatening Brazil as the oil travels through waterways. According to media reports, Brazil's water supply is under threat of contamination.
On May 31, a landslide ruptured an Ecuadorian pipeline. Approximately 420,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into water leading to the Coca River. This river runs into the Napo River, which is an offshoot of the Amazon.
According to CBS News, the oil slick contaminated drinking water, affecting 80,000 people living in Coca, Ecuador.
Water World reports Brazil is "on alert" as the oil spill moves along the river towards the Brazilian Amazon.
“Ibama (Brazilian Institute of Environment), Brazil's navy and ANP (National Petroleum Agency) are on alert in the event that the oil slick reaches the country," said Brazil's foreign ministry.
Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also offered assistance to Peru and Ecuador.
"The embassies in Quito and Lima are in permanent contact with the authorities, and the Brazilian government will be up to the minute of what is going on,” said the agency said in a statement, as reported by Ecuadorian newspaper La Hora (courtesy International Business Times)
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has apologized to Peru “for the problems we have caused.”
According to media reports, Ecuador produces about 500,000 of crude oil daily.