The Commission of Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change of the National Assembly reiterated the public and communicational call made last August 13th to warn of the risk of oil spill in the Gulf of Paria, Sucre State, which puts at risk the rich biodiversity of the Venezuelan and Caribbean coasts. This was informed by the president of the Commission, María Gabriela Hernández Del Castillo, this Sunday.
Hernandez denounced that the risk of a spill by the tanker Nabarina has increased alarmingly. She recalled that the Environmental Commission of the Venezuelan Parliament issued public warnings to various national and international institutions more than two months ago.
“The tanker Nabarina, which is anchored in the Gulf of Paria, is presumably loaded with 1,300,000 barrels of crude, as a result of the weight and tides the ship is perceived to be more inclined (listing) than what was reported last August,” said Hernandez.
The correspondence regarding the case of the Nabarina was sent and published by the Environmental Commission since its issuance, last August 13th, these were addressed to the Minister of the Popular Power of Oil (E), Tareck El Aissami; to the President of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Asdrúbal Chávez; the board of directors of the Petrosucre company; the Secretary General of the World Maritime Organization, Kitack Lim; the President of the National Institute of Aquatic Spaces (INEA), César Vladimir Romero Salazar; and the Executive Director of the Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI-Italia), Claudio Descalzi; the latter institution was in charge of the negotiation of the crude oil cargo with PDVSA.
The President of the Commission pointed out that the letters were sent again as part of the documentation of facts and follow-up by the parliamentarians of the National Assembly on the case of the ship Nabarina, to avoid a possible environmental disaster that puts the biodiversity of the Venezuelan and Caribbean coasts at risk. This Commission of the Venezuelan Parliament is chaired by Deputy María Gabriela Hernández Del Castillo, and is accompanied by Deputy Orlando Ávila, Vice President of the Commission; and by Deputy Mauligmer Baloa; Deputy Carlos Andrés González; Deputy Julio César Reyes; Deputy Yolibel Guacarán and Deputy Freddy Superlano.
SANCTIONS ARE A CHEAP EXCUSE IN CASE NABARINA
The president of the Commission of Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change of the National Assembly, María Gabriela Hernández Del Castillo, assured that the sanctions that are imposed on the Venezuelan State are individual and directed to people, that in the case of the ship Nabarina is not affected so that those responsible for unloading the crude oil stored in the ship, should “do it as soon as possible”.
“No sanction can prevent ENI or PDVSA from transferring that crude which constitutes such a great risk for the nation and the Caribbean today, we are talking about one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. Now the cheap excuse is that because of the sanctions ENI cannot get the oil out, don’t be irresponsible and get that threat to our natural spaces out of there”, he expressed.
The President of the Environmental Commission of the National Assembly reiterated the call to the Italian hydrocarbon company. “ENI to take this oil as a gift but to take it out of the ship Nabarina, and to eliminate this risk from the Venezuelan coasts”.
In addition, Congresswoman Hernandez added that in the country the dictatorship is devastating all natural spaces, water reserves, National Parks with morichal woodland, tropical and mangrove forests that are indispensable to mitigate the greenhouse gases that affect the entire world.
“We already have enough with the destruction of the south of our land, our Amazon, with that badly named Mining Arc. Furthermore, all the disaster that PDVSA is generating in its refineries, spills from Morichal in Monagas, passing through Anzoátegui, Carabobo in El Palito, the spill on the gulf in the Cardón refinery, denounced in satellite images by Professor Eduardo Klein, which is still ongoing, and the constant spills on the Maracaibo Lake in Zulia. The dictatorship has made our iconic lake black, as its conscience, oil comes out even on the streets of Cabimas”, she said.
To conclude, Hernandez reported that during these months of COVID-19 pandemic, the parliamentarians of the Environment Commission have met virtually to document all these events, she added that the deputies of the National Assembly extended their gratitude to all the Venezuelan and world civil organizations that have become aware of the environmental disaster that has generated the dictatorship in Venezuela and invites them to continue documenting and denouncing the Ecocide that has taken place in the country.