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Thieves Cause Diesel Spill in South Africa, Damaging Environment

Diesel fuel has leaked into a waterway from a pipeline in Verkykerskop, South Africa, on March 9.

Diesel fuel has leaked into a waterway from a pipeline in Verkykerskop, South Africa, on March 9.

Thieves attempting to steal fuel from a South African pipeline caused a spill of diesel that has leaked into a waterway.

The spillage, caused by tampering with a block-valve chamber, occurred on a multi-product pipeline between the east coast city of Durban and Heidelberg, south of Johannesburg, and was discovered Wednesday morning, Transnet SOC Ltd. said in a statement. Environmental teams are doing their best to contain the contamination from the diesel that flowed into the Meul River, the company said, without specifying how much had poured out.