80 million gallons of oil, larger than Exxon spill, dangerously close to pouring into Caribbean

80 million gallons of oil, larger than Exxon spill, dangerously close to pouring into Caribbean

The US embassy in Trinidad and Tobago has urged “immediate action” to stop a potential catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Paria, off the coast of Venezuela, where a temporary storage and offloading facility is undergoing repair .

Hoisted the flag of venezuela Nabarima The ship has been gutted off the coast of Venezuela since January 2019. Recently the FSO vessel has been shown to float on such a range, raising fears that it will devastate regional fishing industries and fragile ecosystems.

Nabarima Petrosucre is operated by the company, a joint venture between Venezuela’s state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and the Italian Eni oil giant.

In January 2019, oil extraction at Petrosucre, 1.3 million barrels of crude oil, some 80 million gallons, was abandoned after it was approved by President Donald Trump’s administration. Nabarima.

Badnaam Exxon Valdez Oil spills – widely considered to be the worst in the history of environmental damage, including approximately 10.8 million gallons of crude oil.

The US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago issued a statement on Friday expressing its displeasure NabarimaStatus of. “United States Concerns Potential Risk to Safety and Environment by Venezuelan Flagged Vessel,” Nabarima, In the Gulf of Paria, “the statement said.

“We strongly support immediate action Nabarima Up to international safety standards and to avoid potential environmental harm, which could negatively impact not only the people of Venezuela, but also the surrounding countries. PDVSA has the responsibility to act to avoid environmental disaster in Venezuelan waters. ”

Recent photos of Nabarima Show it listed in water on one side. An unknown source “familiar with the case” told Reuters that the ship was tilted to allow the crew to replace its valves.

Annie said on Friday that the company was now trying to land crude and that it had asked the US to “green light” to prevent the risk of any restrictions. ”

“If this thing flips we will pay all the results for decades to come. It should be a red alert,” Gary Aboud, corporate secretary of the Trinidadian environmental group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, told Reuters.

The US has imposed sanctions on the Venezuelan government, leftist President Nicolas Maduro and the PDVSA, calling them illegitimate and demanding the government release political prisoners and allow free and fair elections.

The Trump administration has recognized former National Assembly majority leader and self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guedo as the country’s legitimate leader, but failed to bring Maduro and Ashar Guedo to power.

The US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago said on Friday about its call to action Nabarima Considering his pressure on the Maduro government. The embassy stated, “As a general matter, the Venezuela Sanctions Program of the United States is not designed to target activities that address security, environmental, or humanitarian concerns.”

“These activities are in line with US policy to support the people of Venezuela to prevent an ecological disaster and avoid further harm to the environment.”

80 million gallons of oil, larger than Exxon spill, dangerously close to pouring into Caribbean
This file photo shows Venezuela’s PDVSA oil tanker Rio Aruca, which was abandoned by its crew to anchor in Lisbon, Portugal on April 28, 2019.
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