Representatives of the Country Plan in Zulia denounced that a new oil spill has been affecting the coasts of the Santa Rita municipality for approximately two weeks.
The Country Country operational coordinator, Justo Bermúdez, reported that more than 200 kilometers of the East Coast of Lake Maracaibo are affected by the oil spill.
“A large black spot spreads over the waters of Lake Maracaibo in the Santa Rita municipality and up to now Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) hasn’t declared on the situation. This oil spill is directly impacting the fishing industry of the municipality, because they cannot take out the boats, in addition to the ecocide in the flora and fauna and the diseases that it generates in the inhabitants of the area”, said Bermúdez.
Bermudez criticized the representatives of the state oil company have not come to the area to corroborate the damage that is being generated with this new oil spill. “PDVSA has not implemented a plan to stop the hydrocarbon from continuing to expand in the waters of Lake Maracaibo and on the shores of the Santa Rita municipality”, said Bermúdez.
For his part, Ausberto Quero, coordinator of the Plan Pis Environment work table, described the oil spill as an “environmental crime” and said that from the commission he directs, they are considering preventive measures to forestall the spills from becoming more and more common.
“In Lake Maracaibo there are five thousand wells, 300 flow stations and more than 14 thousand kilometers of gas and oil pipelines, so it is important to point towards preventive control and sanitation measures to avoid these environmental crimes”, said Quero.