• 10 mins Kuwait Greenlights Game-Changing Gas Fields Project After Years of Delay
  • 40 mins Minnesota Begins Public Hearings On Enbridge Line 3 Project
  • 1 hour China Looks To Create National Natural Gas Pipeline Firm
  • 2 hours Total Not In A Rush To Sell Canadian Oil Sands Assets
  • 2 hours DOE Seeks To Boost Usage Of Carbon Capture Tech
  • 3 hours Taxpayers Likely To Pick Up The Growing Tab For DAPL Protests
  • 6 hours WTI At 7-Month High On Supply Optimism, Kurdistan Referendum
  • 12 hours Permian Still Holds 60-70 Billion Barrels Of Recoverable Oil
  • 17 hours Petrobras Creditors Agree To $6.22 Billion Debt Swap
  • 21 hours Cracks Emerge In OPEC-Russia Oil Output Cut Pact
  • 1 day Iran Calls On OPEC To Sway Libya, Nigeria To Join Cut
  • 1 day Chevron To Invest $4B In Permian Production
  • 1 day U.S.-Backed Forces Retake Syrian Conoco Gas Plant From ISIS
  • 1 day Iraq Says Shell May Not Quit Majnoon Oilfield
  • 4 days Nigerian Oil Output Below 1.8 Million BPD Quota
  • 4 days Colorado Landfills Contain Radioactive Substances From Oil Sector
  • 4 days Phillips 66 Partners To Buy Phillips 66 Assets In $2.4B Deal
  • 4 days Japan Court Slams Tepco With Fukushima Damages Bill
  • 4 days Oil Spills From Pipeline After Syria Army Retakes Oil Field From ISIS
  • 4 days Total Joins Chevron In Gulf Of Mexico Development
  • 4 days Goldman Chief Urges Riyadh To Get Vision 2030 Going
  • 4 days OPEC Talks End Without Recommendation On Output Cut Extension
  • 5 days Jamaican Refinery Expansion Stalls Due To Venezuela’s Financial Woes
  • 5 days India In Talks to Acquire 20 Percent Of UAE Oilfield
  • 5 days The Real Cause Of Peak Gasoline Demand
  • 5 days Hundreds Of Vertical Oil Wells Damaged By Horizontal Fracking
  • 5 days Oil Exempt In Fresh Sanctions On North Korea
  • 5 days Sudan, South Sudan Sign Deal To Boost Oil Output
  • 5 days Peruvian Villagers Shut Down 50 Oil Wells In Protest
  • 5 days Bay Area Sues Big Oil For Billions
  • 6 days Lukoil Looks To Sell Italian Refinery As Crimea Sanctions Intensify
  • 6 days Kurdistan’s Biggest Source Of Oil Funds
  • 6 days Oil Prices On Track For Largest Q3 Gain Since 2004
  • 6 days Reliance Plans To Boost Capacity Of World’s Biggest Oil Refinery
  • 6 days Saudi Aramco May Unveil Financials In Early 2018
  • 6 days Has The EIA Been Overestimating Oil Production?
  • 6 days Taiwan Cuts Off Fossil Fuels To North Korea
  • 6 days Clash In Oil-Rich South Sudan Region Kills At Least 25
  • 6 days Lebanon Passes Oil Taxation Law Ahead Of First Licensing Auction
  • 7 days India’s Oil Majors To Lift Borrowing To Cover Dividends, Capex
Goldman Turns Bullish On European Oil Majors

Goldman Turns Bullish On European Oil Majors

Goldman Sachs has raised its…

Will This Become The Netfilx Of The Marijuana Space?

Will This Become The Netfilx Of The Marijuana Space?

A new massive, diversified and…

Nicaraguan Refinery Fire Controlled, But Takes Environmental Toll

Nica Refinery fire

A refinery fire on the Nicaragua’s Pacific coast that broke out on Wednesday was declared under control on Sunday night, although the effects of the oil spill has contaminated the coastal habitat, according to environmental groups.

The fire was at the Puma Energy facility located 40 miles northwest of Managua. It started after a 144,000-barrel fuel tank exploded. The situation was compounded when a second tank ignited on Thursday. Despite the damage, officials at Puma, a Dutch-Angolan company did not expect there to be any fuel shortages. According to Salvador Gallo, the deputy director of national fire department reported that there were still some small residual flare-ups burning on Sunday.

There were no deaths or injuries associated with the incident, but medical crews were dispatched to the area to deal with any effects of the smoke on the residents.

While there were no human casualties reported, the incident has had an effect on the environment. The Humboldt Center, an environmental group, reports that the blaze created an oil spill that has contaminated the coastal habitat. Victor Campos, director of the Humboldt Center said that approximately one half square mile of the coast was affected by an oil slick related to the fire. Some of the area is considered to be sensitive ecological habitat. Resource specialist Ruth Herrera said that the area is home to people, their livestock, birds and marine life. Herrera is also concerned that some of the wells in the area may have been contaminated as a result of the incident.

Meanwhile, Campos presented photos showing the areas affected by the spill. The beaches near the incident are nesting grounds for several species of turtle, and the Puerto Sandino coast and Miramar Beach provides about 12% of the nation’s salt.

Environmentalists believe that it could years for the damage to be reversed. Puma Energy said in a press release that the cause of the incident was unknown but that it will investigate the incident.

Lincoln Brown for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News