PDVSA Says Oil Spill Does Not Affect Orinoco River

Orinoco oil belt (file image)

Published Nov 9, 2016 9:27 PM by Reuters

Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA said on Tuesday it had controlled a crude spill in a northeastern state and ruled out any contamination of the massive Orinoco river.

A pipeline leak at the locality of Santa Clara, in Anzoategui state, has been fixed and even though rains carried crude into the nearby Aribi river, that is still 80 km (50 miles) from the Orinoco, PDVSA said in a statement.

Opposition politicians and local media have accused PDVSA of covering up an "ecological disaster" with up to 100,000 barrels spilt since the leak began last week.

Though it did not give figures, the company denied that.

"The size of the leak announced by right-wing spokesmen is totally false," said the statement from PDVSA, which is the financial motor of Venezuela's socialist government.

Opposition politicians have accused PDVSA of poor maintenance and urged an inquiry.