Socialist Venezuela Had Up to 50,000 Oil Spills From 2010 to 2016on October 26, 2021 at 10:15 pm

On Oct. 25, a Center for Strategic and International Studies panel discussed some of the environmental damage occurring in Venezuela, which has been led since 1999 by socialist Hugo Chavez and, since Chavez’s death in 2013, socialist Nicolás Maduro. Sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), much of the event focused on the damage caused by Venezuela’s offshore oil drilling, which has caused many under- or unreported spills, including near vulnerable coral reefs at the marine Morrocoy National Park, as well as drilling in Lake Maracaibo. As many as 50,000 oil leaks and spills occurred between 2010 and 2016 across Venezuela, including Lake Maracaibo, as drilling rigs, thousands of miles of aging pipelines, and storage tanks in need of repair are decaying or leaking, according to a NASA report that cited information from news agencies, environmental groups, and human rights advocates. According to Eduardo Klein, an associate professor …

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