The spill occurred near a remote island on the south coast of the country
The Chilean Navy seeks to control the spill of 40,000 liters of diesel oil in Chilean Patagonia , in the south of the country.
The accident occurred on Saturday on the island of Guarello, on the Chilean side of Patagonia, the southernmost region that constitutes the tip of Argentina and Chile.
The spill would have devastating impacts on the environment in the area. “It is an extremely serious situation considering the pristine nature of the waters in which this environmental emergency has occurred,” said the national director of Greenpeace Chile, Matías Asun.
“It should be considered that the area is extremely difficult to access and that it is an area of great wealth of marine mammals, such as whales and dolphins, that could be seriously affected in their habitat, since when they surface to breathe they could encounter this layer of oil, ”added the expert.
Several units of the Navy were sent to the site as part of the efforts to contain the contamination. The authorities also initiated an investigation to determine the cause of the spill.
Matías Asun also asked the Chilean mining company CAP, which exploits natural resources on the island, to provide as much information as possible to clarify what happened.