An old pipeline sending crude from the West Qurna 1 oil field to the Fao storage facility has ruptured, contaminating water supplies.

Oil pipeline leak threatening Basra water supply

Oil pipeline leak threatening Basra water supply
Iraqi South Oil Company workers and government officials clean up after a pipeline leaked oil into the Bada'a channel, which provides Basra's water supply. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

An oil spill has endangered Basra's only source of fresh water, after the rupture of an aging oil pipeline scheduled to be replaced by a Chinese company."It is a disaster," said Kamal Latif, the deputy minister of environment, who said that 300 tons of oil – roughly equivalent to 2,200 barrels – has contaminated a 22 kilometer stretch of the Bada'a channel, which feeds the only water purification facility serving Basra's 2 million residents.The pipeline runs from West Qurna, south pa...

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