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Why are more and more oil spills happening in Venezuela? by Venezuelan Observatory of Political Ecology (OEPV) September 02,2020   |  Source: Venezuelanalysis.com

Venezuelan authorities and communities have been struggling to clean up an oil spill off its northern coast in Carabobo and Falcon States since August 1.

According to the Venezuelan Ecological Society, around 20,000 barrels of oil were spilled about 12 kilometres out to sea in an area rich in coral and marine life.

While the causes of the latest spill are still unknown, and a parliamentary investigation has begun, government spokespersons have blamed an offshore tanker. Other voices have pointed to nearby state-run refineries, such as El Palito, also indicating that there were secondary spills on August 9 and 11.

Given the persistent oil spills in Venezuela and the serious environmental impacts they cause in the short and long term, The Venezuelan Observatory of Political Ecology (OEPV) conducted this interview with oil expert Einstein Millán to learn more about the structural causes of this serious socio-environmental threat and the ways in which the problem is being managed by the industry.

What do you think is the current status of accidents at Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)?

The situation at PDVSA is delicate, with recurrent “incidents” that have been worsening since 2007-08. Reports indicate that less than 10,000 barrels of oil were spilled per year

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