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The Daily Herald: ‘Silent Isla chimneys a blessing for judges’

How simple can it be? It’s a piece of cake for the judges. Last week I was allowed to be a spectator again at a trial of SMOC foundation against the Isla. The whole story is a full academic discussion about the gas emission of the refinery. The limit is set at 80. Isla thinks it is 79, SMOC foundation states that this limit was also exceeded in 2014 and that calculations show that the emissions are well above 80. Various … Lees meer

New research: ‘Assessment of Inhalable Particulate Matter Associated with a Refinery in Curaçao’

New research has been published concerning the biggest environmental disaster of the Dutch Kingdom: the Isla refinery. Pulster et al. (Mote Marine Laboratory and University of South Florida) conducted a study to the impact of particulate matter on public health, which has been published in the Journal of Environmental Protection. Their article can be downloaded here. Here below you can read the abstract: ABSTRACT Inhalation and atmospheric pollution studies have focused on particulate matter due to correlations and associations with various … Lees meer

Journal of Environmental Protection: Isla, mortality and SO2

A few days ago, Pulster et al. published their article “Exposure Assessment of Ambient Sulfur Dioxide Downwind of an Oil Refinery in Curaçao” in the Journal of Environmental Protection. Considering public health, they conclude for instance: ,,Furthermore, both the 24-hour and annual mean concentrations of SO2 measured in Curaçao were within the ranges often associated with cardiovascular and respiratory effects and mortality as a result of short-term exposures. While the epidemiological evidence does not conclusively suggest there is a health … Lees meer

Curaçao Chronicle: ‘SMOC wants to consult again about oil refinery fuel’

WILLEMSTAD – The environmental organization SMOC wants to again consult with the government about the oil refinery Isla. The organization has asked the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath for an appointment. During the last meeting in June, the organization received a promised that Isla would switch to cleaner fuel instead of asphalt for Isla and power plant BOO before the end of the year. According to SMOC that did not take place. The clean air foundation indicated that the … Lees meer

Caribisch Juristenblad: “Industrial pollution and human rights: A case study of the Isla refinery on Curaçao”

Author: L.E.J. van den Bergh Author information: Van den Bergh has a master’s degree in International and European Union Law from the Erasmus School of Law. She is currently working on her second master’s degree in Commercial and Company Law in Rotterdam. Title article: “Industrial pollution and human rights: A case study of the Isla refinery on Curaçao” Journal: Caribisch Juristenblad  Abstract The pollution by the Isla refinery on Curaçao has been a problem for many years. Curaçaoans living downwind … Lees meer

The Lancet: ‘Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today’

Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015—16% of all deaths worldwide—three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence. In the most severely affected countries, pollution-related disease is responsible for more than one death in four. Read more here.

International Energy Agency: huge CO2 emissions per capita on Curaçao

Due to the burning of fossil fuels, CO2 is released to the atmosphere. This is accompanied with ocean acidification and an increasing sea level. In the end, small island development states (SIDS) and coral reefs will pay the highest price for these developments. Furthermore, many people depend on coral reefs for food and income. Therefore, the International Energy Agency (IEA) published “Key World Energy Statistics”. This influential report outlines key numbers of countries regarding CO2 emissions. In this respect, Qatar leads … Lees meer

Reuters: ‘Exclusive: Millions of barrels of Venezuelan oil stuck at sea in dirty tankers’

By Marianna Parraga and Mircely Guanipa | HOUSTON/PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela HOUSTON/PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela More than 4 million barrels of Venezuelan crude and fuels are sitting in tankers anchored in the Caribbean sea, unable to reach their final destination because state-run PDVSA cannot pay for hull cleaning, inspections, and other port services, according to internal documents and Reuters data. About a dozen tankers are being held back because the hulls have been soiled by crude, stemming from several oil leaks in … Lees meer

Greenpeace International on Curaçao

Internationally, Greenpeace is one the biggest NGOs aiming for environmental protection. Heretofore, it uses ships. One of these ships, the Esperanza, is right now on Curaçao. According to the Twitter page of the Esperanza, the aim of this ship is to improve the ‘health’ of oceans. Amongst the people of Curaçao, it is widely known that the coral reefs and its biodiversity surrounding Curacao are threatened by environmental pollution caused by the Isla-refinery. Perhaps Greenpeace will be shocked by this … Lees meer

Marine Ecology Progress Series: oil spills harm coral reefs

Abstract: Oil spills cause damage to marine wildlife that lasts well past their immediate aftermath. Marine offspring that must settle and metamorphose to reach adulthood may be particularly prone to harm if the legacy of oil exposure interrupts later transitions across life stages. Following an oil spill on Curaçao, we found that oil-contaminated seawater reduced settlement of 2 coral species by 85% and 40% after exposure had ended. The effect of contamination on settlement was more severe than any direct … Lees meer