Monrovia – The Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) has clarified that Monday’s spillage of fuel over the Mesurado River occurred while a vessel was loading fuel to one of the storage facilities, contrary to reports that one of its storage facilities got damaged.
Dozens of residents of Via Town and surrounding communities were on Monday seen fetching fuel from the river.
Making the clarification to State Broadcaster Monday, LPRC Managing Director, Marie Urey Coleman said about three thousand (3,000) gallons spilt over during the loading, adding that all active storage facilities are in tight and safe.
“During the early hours of this morning we had a vessel that was discharging products for our importers and we had a minor spillage, with just an under three thousand gallons of diesel that we had spilt over during the vessel discharge. We want to assure you that the situation has been placed under control,” Madam Coleman said.
The Environmental Protection Agency, National Fire Service, the Coast Guard, National Port Authority and the LPRC have launched an investigation and an environmental impact assessment of the incident and a full report to be released soon, according to state Broadcaster