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Fuel Oil Spill Contaminates Panama's Atlantic Coast

Environmental IssuesIn the area of Fort Sherman a bunker spill from a ship that was seized and guarded by the Office of the Anti Drug Prosecutor is affecting the coast and mangroves in Colon, as reported by TVN correspondent Rolando Espinoza. The first to glimpse the damage were the swimmers who came to the area, who later filed a complaint with the National Environmental Authority. The spill has been occurring since last 25 January, and has reached the areas used by bathers. Rolando Bonilla, the Director of ANAM in Colon, announced that today they would tour the area to make a report. Espinoza reported that there are 4 more stranded vessels in the bay, so there are fears that another accident could occur. (TVN Noticias)

Fuel Oil Spill Near Fort Sherman - Along the Atlantic Coast of the Province of Colon in the Republic of Panama - 4 February 2011

Editor's Comment: Panama has a terrible record of managing goods and assets seized during anti drug operations. It's no surprise that there are four or five large vessels at anchor off in the bay off of the coast near Fort Sherman that were seized and impounded as part of earlier anti drug operations. It's also no surprise to learn that these same vessels have been basically abandoned, ignored, and mismanaged to the point that they are now leaking thousands of gallons of fuel oil into the ocean. The government of Panama obviously has to get their act together in this respect.

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