Venezuela confirms oil spill at oil refinery in Curacao
Authorities from the Venezuelan state-run oil company responded late to the emergency
Pdvsa has informed that over the last ten days it has been working with local authorities to control the situation, and reported that scavenging of the affected area is about to finish.
Despite said statement, environmental organizations have asserted that Pdvsa responded late to the emergency, enhancing the impact on the environment. They have claimed responses were drawn 10 days after the situation was reported.
Peter van Leeuwen, chairman of Clean Environment on Curacao (SMOC), claimed that Pdvsa is not provided with guidelines to face "disasters," and the island lacks an environmental department to rely on.
Meanwhile, Curacao's authorities have announced an inquiry into the causes of the incident. For his part, outgoing Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte has stressed that he has contacted Pdvsa and governmental authorities to find the causes of the event.
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.