Locals also complained about foul odors and the proliferation of insects, among other things.
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A worrying pink color. A Patagonian lagoon retains this hue due to a chemical spill from area fishing companies on Sunday, July 25. This phenomenon worries the local populations in this region of southern Argentina. “For us, it is the image of the negligence of the authorities of the province. Those who should control are those who allow the poisoning of the populations”, denounced the ecologist Pablo Lada, questioned by AFP.
“The reddish color does not cause damage and in a few days it will go away”, Juan Micheloud, responsible for environmental control of the province, said the previous week, explaining that a company transporting effluents from fishing companies had “been authorized to discharge liquids into the Corfo lagoon”.
“It is not possible to minimize something so serious”, Sebastian de la Vallina, responsible for planning in the municipality of Trelew, replied. This lagoon, which covers 10 to 15 hectares, is located 30 km from Trelew, a town of 120,000 inhabitants on the Atlantic coast, in the province of Chubut.
This color is explained by the presence of sodium sulphite, an antibacterial preservative used for the storage of langoustines before export, which contaminated the groundwater of the Chubut River. Locals also complained about foul odors and the proliferation of insects, among other things.