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Crew of 1,500 works to clean up oil spill in Venezuela

February 13, 2012

CARACAS, Venezuela — A crew of 1,500 workers is working to clean up an oil spill at a river in eastern Venezuela that has forced authorities to close a water treatment facility, Reuters reported.

On Feb. 4, a ruptured pipeline spilled an unknown amount of crude into the Guarapiche River, the article stated.

"The work of these 1,500 people will let us speed up the cleaning of the river, and we estimate that within a maximum of 10 days we will be able to reopen the main water supply to the city," Environment Minister Alejandro Hitcher said.

Hitcher added that there was no danger of drinking water being contaminated as a different plant was being used to temporarily supply the area.