posted on Feb, 11 2012 @ 08:41 AM
There is a massive oil spill that started 4 days ago and it has been documented in Venezuela as the second most devastating spill in the world. It has
not stopped and it occurred by negligence on the part of PDVSA (Petroleos de Venezuela Sociedad Anonima) which is the national company
The oil spill was caused by the fracture of a tube in the Jusepin Operational Complex in the state of Monagas close to its biggest city, Maturin. The
contamination of the river Guarapiche with the equivalent of 1.000 barrels of oil obligated the suspension of the water services which provides to 80%
of teh population. The rest 20% gets water from wells which are save from the contingency.
The governor Jose Gregorio Briceño declared 7 municipalities in state of emergency
School classes from the public and private sector have been suspended indefinitely and the working hours of the public administration are restricted
Water trunks have been organised by the mayor so they can help in the distribution of water to the people but there is a lack of more than 30 trunks
for the water to be delivered.
Observers are worried because the spill is arriving to the river San Juan which then goes to the CAribbean sea. it has been informed that habitants of
the area are likely to help for the cleansing but without the required safety equipment.
The minister of Ambient(?) said that measurements has been taking into account such as bars with absorbent material to be insert in the area and
equipment that extract the crude by suction from various points of the river.
There is still no information about the consequences to the ecosystem
The Ambient commission of the National Assembly said they will go on Monday to the area to evaluate the consequences of the event
Translated by azulejo
edit on 11-2-2012 by azulejo because: (no reason given)