ECUADOR PLANS BIG POLLUTION CLEANUP

PetroEcuador's Petroproduction unit has let a 2 year contract to a U.S. company to clean up massive hydrocarbon pollution in Ecuador. Officials say environmental damage caused by the pollution is of crisis proportions. Environmental studies commissioned by World Bank say more than 4.4 million bbl of hydrocarbons have been spilled across Ecuador in hundreds of minor mishaps. Recovery is planned at 483 earthen pits, ponds, and lagoons.

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