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03-09-2015

Burst Pipeline Causes 1.5km Fuel Oil Spill in Nile River

Eleven nearby water stations were reportedly immediately shut down to prevent contamination of local tap water.

A burst pipeline at an Egyptian\u00a0power plant has caused a fuel oil spill stretching a kilometre and a half down the Nile River, the Associated Press reports.\u00a0

The incident at the el-Hamra power plant reportedly happened last Friday.

Eleven nearby\u00a0water stations were reportedly immediately shut down to prevent contamination of local tap water, according to\u00a0Yasser el-Dasouqi, the governor of the city of\u00a0Assiut.

Seven water stations have since reopened, reports said, with trucks carrying clean drinking water purportedly sent to serve other, affected areas.\u00a0

Earlier this year, a burst on-shore pipeline in California led the state to declare a state of emergency after roughly\u00a021,000 gallons of oil made its way into the Pacific Ocean.\u00a0


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