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According to an official report, the spill has an area of two hectares.
The hydrocarbons spill that occurred yesterday afternoon at the Muelle de Cristóbal, the country’s Atlantic Coast, has affected several terminals and ships that are loading goods or in transit, a source told La Estrella de Panamá.
Iris Barrios, of the Ministry of the Environment (Miambiente), indicated that the affected area was inspected. The initial reports gave an account of an extension of 2 hectares affected by hydrocarbons. The civil employee, nevertheless, assured that it is traces of hydrocarbons that extend by 10 square meters.
Barrios added that they are 3 stains that are cleaned by a private company through an agreement of the area.
So far the causes that caused this accident are unknown. Barrios, without giving details, said that the causes are being investigated. “The first thing is immediate attention and then it is the investigative phase,” he concluded.
It should be noted that the AMP, which currently charges the pollution control fee, does not have equipment and personnel at the incident site and does not have an official contingency plan for these cases, so the spill is evaluated and contained by the private company. in order to stop its impact on maritime operations in the Atlantic and what is worse in other neighboring areas.
Source: La Estrella de Panamá