The president of the Permanent Commission on Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change of the National Assembly, María Gabriela Hernández, informed this Wednesday in a press conference that due to the oil spill on the beaches of Falcón State, the parliamentary commission will issue in the next few hours public communiqué which will be directed to PDVSA, the Ministry of Eco-socialism and other organizations with the purpose of requesting log or schedule of maintenance of the areas of the El Palito Refinery Complex, in order to establish responsibilities.
She pointed out that this is the third oil spill known in the year and at least in this particular one, there has not been any type of intervention by the authorities, on the contrary, she said that both the regime and PDVSA have tried to hide this terrible ecological accident and furthermore, they have not implemented the necessary actions when an oil spill of this magnitude occurs.
Another of the requests made by the representative for Monagas State through the communiqué, is the one related to the international insurance that compensate the damages caused by the oil industry on the environment, people and their goods.
It is estimated that the spill is approximately 20 thousand barrels of oil
Velisa Morón, president of the Venezuelan Ecology Society, who participated in the conference, said that thanks to the information provided by volunteers, local authorities, fishermen, and environmental organizations, which have been working on the mechanical cleaning of the oil that has reached the sandy beaches, approximately 10 kilometers have been cleared.
However, Morón considered that more coordination is necessary because even though mechanical cleaning is one of the necessary actions, the main thing in these cases is to focus on the impact and for this, it is necessary to make a diagnosis that is composed of three levels such as: the mapping of the scope of the hydrocarbon pollution; the collection of samples and diving in the area to observe how far it has gone to know which ecosystems are being affected.
Furthermore, the president of the Venezuelan Society of Ecology indicated that according to satellite images it is estimated that the spill is approximately 20 thousand barrels of oil and that it has extended to the outer keys of Morrocoy National Park and this coincided with the reproductive season of coral species.
She said it should be taken advantage of that non-governmental organizations, different universities, laboratories and research institutes have the capacity and are willing to support the Ministry of Eco-socialism and the National Institute of Parks (Inparques), to carry out all the assessments in an ecosystem of relevance to the country.
No containment using oil industry methods
In this order of ideas, Dayse Regardiz, expert in environmental sanitation of the oil industry and technician of the Environmental Commission affirmed that the containment was not done by means of oil industry methods such as barriers, or boats among others, with the purpose of limiting or restricting the expansion of the crude oil that affects the beaches in the state of Falcon, “It was not attended to and the crude oil by natural effect begins to travel through the waters and two phenomena occur; one of them is the contamination of the area and the other is that it stays stuck in the area”.
She explained that the oil area has technology that helps solve this type of incidents but she emphasized that the main one is the barrier method. “Every incident has a cause and a consequence, in this case, the cause is totally unknown and the content of the material that fell into the sea as well”.