Documentation of 1986 oil spill damage from a Bahia Las Minas Oil Refinery, STRI, Panama

ID: SIA Acc. 11-009 [86-5777]

Creator: Hansen, Carl C

Form/Genre: Color transparencies

Date: 1986

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Acc. 11-009, Image No. 86-5777

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On April 27 the rupture of a tank in Panama's oil refinery at Bahia Las Minas, about 5 km east of Galeta Reef, produced an oil spill. Personnel at the refinery announced that the oil spill was contained within Cativa Bay, and the oil was being pumped back into the refinery. On May 4 a change in weather pushed the oil out of the bay and along the coast. Since May 9, crude oil had been washing over the Galeta reef. Scientists at the laboratory found their long-term studies under a layer of thick, black crude oil, that extended from Maria Chiquita to Limon. The Galeta reef has been intensively studied by Smithsonian scientists since 1969.

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Color transparencies

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SIA Acc. 11-009 [86-5777]

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Color slides; 35mm;

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