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World Tilting oil tanker threatens 'environmental catastrophe'

22:35  22 october  2020
22:35  22 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The damaged tanker , which is in the waters separating Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago and is owned by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, threatens to spill 1.3 "If the oil is not transferred, and even if the Nabarima can be stabilized, we risk a permanent environmental catastrophe

Trinidad and Tobago said Thursday that a damaged oil tanker off the island's coast was "stable" after opposition politicians in neighboring Venezuela warned of a potential " environmental catastrophe ."

Venezuela's opposition warned of a potential "environmental catastrophe" Thursday as a damaged oil tanker threatened to spill 1.3 million barrels of crude into waters separating Venezuela from Trinidad and Tobago.

a large ship in a body of water: A video image released by the Fishermen and Friends of the Sea NGO on October 22 shows the tilted Nabarima oil tanker © - A video image released by the Fishermen and Friends of the Sea NGO on October 22 shows the tilted Nabarima oil tanker

The Nabarima tanker, anchored for several months in the Gulf of Paria, is used to store oil but video footage shared on October 16 by the Fisherman and Friends of the Sea NGO, showed it tilting.

According to Eudis Girot, a Venezuelan oil sector union leader, the 855-foot (264-meter) ship has had maintenance problems since 2014.

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Venezuela's opposition warned of a potential " environmental catastrophe " Thursday as a damaged oil tanker threatened to spill 1.3 million barrels of crude into waters separating Venezuela from Trinidad and Tobago.

Venezuela's opposition warned of a potential " environmental catastrophe " Thursday as a damaged oil tanker threatened to spill 1.3 million barrels of Girot said several PDVSA employees reported on October 12 that the tanker was listing by eight percent while the engine room is flooded and water

But he told AFP those problems "have been ignored" by state oil company PDVSA.

Girot said several PDVSA employees reported on October 12 that the tanker was listing by eight percent while the engine room is flooded and water pumps have broken down.

"If the oil is not transferred, and even if the Nabarima can be stabilized, we risk a permanent environmental catastrophe," opposition legislator Robert Alcala told AFP.

The Nabarima is owned by Petrosucre, a company majority owned by PDVSA, with Italian multinational oil and gas firm Eni holding a 26 percent share.

According to Luis Stefanelli, another opposition legislator, PDVSA has sent two ships to try to unload the Nabarima.

PDVSA has not commented but last month it branded as "fake news" claims by environmentalists that the Nabarima was in a state of disrepair.

The operation to transfer the oil has been hindered by US sanctions against PDVSA.

Oil spills are common in Venezuela due to a lack of infrastructure maintenance.

The South American country is almost entirely dependent on its oil revenue, but production has dropped from 3.2 million barrels a day over a decade ago to just 400,000 now.

The opposition and analysts accuse the government of corruption and neglect while the regime of President Nicolas Maduro blames US sanctions.

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The absurd controversy over Joe Biden’s “transition away from the oil industry” .
Trump wants to make the shift to clean energy sound abrupt and scary.Trump himself put it in the most dramatic terms:

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