Friday, August 31, 2012
An extensive oil spill has reportedly affected a stretch of shoreline in a nature preserve in Curacao.
Dick Drayer, a Curacao-based journalist estimates that the spill covered an area ??of around 30 soccer fields.?? He added that three distinct oil slicks are floating offshore and are ??threatening the southern coast of Curacao.?
The spill of crude oil at Curacao?s Jan Kok preserve is believed to be from a storage tank owned by the Isla oil refinery, the largest business and employer on the island.
The refinery is run by the state-owned oil company of Venezuela and they have started cleanup efforts.
The Venezuela?s state-owned oil company is also dealing with the after effects of a huge explosion that killed 41 people and injured more than 150 others.