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BTV heads to Sarstoon to assess damage cause by oil spill

Posted: Wednesday, July 5, 2017. 4:56 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Territorial Volunteer (BTV), today embarked on a trip to the Sarstoon river along with members of the media to assess the impact that a Guatemalan oil tanker which spilled oil in the river had on the environment.

News broke on Monday that a tanker truck carrying oil crashed in Chahal, Alta Verapaz. “The pipe came out of the asphalt belt and it went off, and fell near the Sarstoon River. By the impact, the cistern was opened and oil began to spill and contaminated the tributary,” reports indicated.

A Guatemalan NGO has requested that country’s Ministry of Environment take necessary measures to prevent the oil from doing irreparable damage to the Sarstoon River.

Meanwhile, in Belize the government has yet to issue an official release on the incident.

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