CARACAS, Monday July 28, 2008 | Update
The government of Barbados has launched an oil and gas bid
for 26 offshore blocks, two of which are allegedly located
in part in Venezuelan waters, claimed on Monday Aníbal
Martínez, head of non-governmental organization Frente
Nacional Pro Defensa del Petróleo Venezolano (National
Front for the Defense of Venezuelan Oil).
Martínez said that the government of Barbados put 26 oil and gas blocks for tender stretching more than 70,000 square kilometers. He added that there are two blocks in the bid, called Botton Bay and Crane Bay, 70 percent of whose area would be in Venezuelan waters.
"This amounts to an area of 5,200 square kilometers. It is a hostile act on the part of Barbados, and we have to be on alert. Even if it was one square centimeter, we cannot let this to happen," said the Venezuelan oil expert.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.