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02/23/09

Oil leak contaminates Karkheh river

Report by Press TV
Photos by
Mr N. Gamage, International Water Management Institute

Parts of the Karkheh River in the southern Iranian province of Khuzestan have been contaminated by an oil leak from a pipeline.


Karkheh River basin, Iran. Source: Mr N. Gamage, IWMI


"An oil leak in the Dehloran-Ahvaz pipeline has contaminated some 90 kilometers of the Karkheh," said Mohammad-Jafar Hejazi, the province's governor.

He added that water supplies of the cities near the river were cut to prevent issues of water contamination.
 

The Karkheh is a river in Khuzestan Province, Iran that rises in the Zagros Mountains, and passes north of Shush (ancient Susa), eventually falling into the Tigris just below its confluence with the Euphrates very near to the Iran-Iraq border. Its peculiarly sweet water was sacred to the use of the Persian kings. The river is mentioned in the Bible, Book of Daniel 8:2,16,[4][5] and should not be confused with the Choaspes River in modern-day Afghanistan, which flows into the Indus.

There has been no report on the damage the contamination has so far caused.

Oil leakage at Iran's Abouzar rig in the Persian Gulf has contaminated the waters off the northwestern coast of Kharg island.



Emergency workers have been dispatched to the area to prevent the spread of the contamination to the coast of Bushehr province.

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