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Sep 3, 2014

Oil Spill Near Hondo Stream is in Veracruz, Mexico not in Belize

There is a report that is tonight causing alarm locally. It speaks of a spill in the Rio Hondo that spans Belize and Mexico, but we can confirm that the oil spill occurred in the Hondo stream near the town of Tierra Blanca in the state of Veracruz, Mexico.  Nearly a mile of the Hondo stream turned blood red on August twenty-seventh after thieves drilled a tap into an illegal gasoline pipeline causing the spill of about four thousand gallons of crude oil. It has caused serious wildlife damage killing turtles, rabbits and numerous species of fish. When we spoke to the Department of Environment, we were told that officers were confirming that the spill occurred in Veracruz and not in the Rio Hondo River that borders both Belize and Mexico.

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