The powerful Pdvsa is contaminating watercourses and crop lands, unable to clean their problems after years of negligence, poor investment and scandals of corruption, publishes Bloomberg.
By Fabiola Zerpa / Bloomberg
From the distance, the scenery is beautiful, a dark pool shining under the midday sun, reflecting waves of clouds. But when you approach the road filled with dirt that leads to a trio of storage tanks, a sharp acre makes it clear. It's not cute; It's a spill of oil.
In this place in the Faja del Orinoco, a region in Venezuela called by the river that flows over the largest crude deposits in the world, so many barrels of underground pipes have escaped that a well of 2,350 square feet around the tanks are filled to the edge. The country is full of these problems, since Petroleos's infrastructure of Venezuela is pushed after years of negligence, poor investment and scandals of corruption under the regimes of the deceased Hugo Chavez and his successor as president, Nicolás Maduro.
Venezuela, a member of the Opep that is dependent on oil sales for almost half of the national budget, is pumping at the lowest levels since the 1940s.
Spills are obvious signs of what has been terribly bad in Pdvsa. The state company does not publish statistics, but environmentalists, analysts and workers maintain endless lists of examples of crude spills, triggered by broken valves, rotary packaging, rotary pipes, and so on, which say they have contaminated watercourses and agricultural land , and has probably been leaked into water reservoirs.
The cleaning policy of Pdvsa is, in the strict paper, because "if the spills are not quickly served, they become environmental liabilities," said Carmen Infante, a consultant in the Caracas-based industry consultant. But the resources are so scarce that the answers are rarely quick or comprehensive; tree trunks nance near the three tanks in the state of Anzoátegui are buried in crude more than 10 months after the leakage was discovered.
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According to workers in the field, many of the service contractors that specialize in cleaning spills, with trucks equipped with giant vacuum cleaners, have left the business because they have had many problems so that Pdvsa will pay them.
The drilling platform and the oil basinets are part of the landscape in the rural area of the Orinoco Faja. They are also black puddles, in the ditches, beneath the bushes, along the highways, around the tanks. Although not all are the surplus spills, oil on the ground is a by-product of the business; Industry analysts and consultants who have studied the topic say that there is much more than what would be considered normal.
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