Oil spill reported at Venezuelan refinery in Curacao
Local authorities reported the event on August 17, yet the Venezuelan oil company did not respond to the emergency until August 25
Local newspaper Amigoe reported that the Coastguard noticed the spill on August 17, subsequently informing Harbor Safety Inspection (HVI). Nonetheless, responses did not come until August 25. "It's incomprehensible that Pdvsa waited until Saturday to send a cleaning team to the area and let the situation get worse" said Peter van Leeuwen, chairman of Clean Environment on Curacao (SMOC).
The Coastguard has informed that the oil slick has remained still on the sea given the slight winds.
Reports indicate that the spill is already affecting natural reserve Jan Kok, where animals such as flamingos and crabs have been soaked with oil.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Luis Jiménez Alfaro seems to have hidden under the rocks. The last time he was seen was on April 2006 walking calmly around Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetía, located nearby Caracas. At that time, more than five tons of cocaine arrived in Mexico in an airplane which took off from Venezuela, and his name featured as a missing piece of the puzzle of one of the most massive drug shipments that has been witnessed in the Western Hemisphere.