World, Oil Spill, Venezuela

World, Oil Spill

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

10/18/2020 12:12:00 PM

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

The oil is stored aboard the Venezuela -flagged Nabarima vessel, sat idle in the Gulf of Paria since its owner was slapped with U.S. sanctions in January 2019.

Nabarimaup to international safety standards and avoid possible environmental harm, which could negatively impact not only the Venezuelan people but also those in nearby countries. PDVSA has a responsibility to take action to avoid an environmental disaster in Venezuelan waters."

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Recent photos of theNabarimashow it listing to one side in the water. An unnamed source"familiar with the matter" told Reuters the ship was leaning to allow the crew to replace its valves.Eni said Friday that the company was now trying to unload the crude oil aboard and had asked the U.S. for a"green light" to do so"in order to prevent any sanctions risk."

Gary Aboud, the corporate secretary of Trinidadian environmental group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, told Reuters:"If this thing flips we will all pay the consequences for decades to come. This should be red alert."The U.S. has imposed sanctions on the Venezuelan government, leftist President

Nicolas Maduroand the PDVSA, framing them as illegitimate and demanding the government release political prisoners and allow free and fair elections.The Trump administration has also recognized former National Assembly majority leader and self-declared Interim President Juan Guaido as the country's legitimate leader, but has failed to unseat Maduro and usher Guaido into power.

The U.S. embassy in Trinidad and Tobago said Friday that its call to action regarding theNabarimais in keeping with its pressure on the Maduro government."As a general matter, the United States' Venezuela sanctions program is not designed to target activities addressing safety, environmental, or humanitarian concerns," the embassy said.

"These activities to avert an ecological disaster are consistent with U.S. policy to support the Venezuelan people and avoid further harm to the environment."This file photo shows the Venezuelan PDVSA oil tanker Rio Arauca, abandoned by her crew at anchor on April 28, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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