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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

Pennsylvania State University: high contents of vanadium in soils near oil-refinery on Curaçao

For many years, the Isla-refinery has been at the center of public debate due to its actions causing environmental pollution and affecting public health. These public voices became increasingly fueled with scientific knowledge. For example, in 1976 Elgershuizen and De Kruijf concerned with the impact of oil-spills on coral reefs (“Toxicity of crude oils and dispersant to the stony coral Madracis mirabilis”, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 7 (2), pp. 22-25,1976). And recently, Pulster (University of South Florida) published her PhD thesis that … Lees meer

Watch this movie: violation of human rights and the environment by PDVSA refinery and the Government (in the Dutch Kingdom, on Curaçao)

Watch this movie (Breathless): a boy living leeward the Isla-refinery on Curacao

Under leadership of Eloise van Wickeren, a movie has been made about a young boy who lives in the neighborhood of the Isla-refinery on Curaçao. His life is affected by the huge pollution of this refinery, that’s what this movie tells you. Unfortunately, it is essentially non-fiction as this movie reflects many daily lifes of young children on Curaçao. Do you like to watch this movie? Click here to watch: Breathless.

Press release: Environmental pollution in Dutch Kingdom ranks top 10 worldwide (on Curaçao)

What is Curaçao? It is a beautiful island in the Dutch Caribbean and, as a country with approximately 150.000 inhabitants and a status aparte, it is part of the Dutch Kingdom. Amongst others, Curaçao is well-known for its coral reefs and the sea life pursuant thereto: biodiversity is huge. Unfortunately, there is also a dark side to it. According to Erin Pulster (University of South Florida), Curaçao ranks in the top 10 of environmental pollution due to the emissions of the … Lees meer

Disgusting = ….. Isla (PDVSA) oil refinery on Curaçao by night

May 28, 2016: Stop the pollution

Curaçao Chronicle: ‘The government is challenging environmental foundations to take legal action’

WILLEMSTAD – According to a press release from the environmental organizations SMOC and SHZC, they are obliged to inform the community that the government does not respect its own environmental regulations. “Again the government refused to provide the environmental foundations and the experts appointed by the Court a copy of the environmental reports of 2014 (and the first half of 2015), which were supposed to be turned in by both the Isla Refinery and BOO in accordance with their Nuisance … Lees meer

Curaçao Chronicle: ‘Curaçao pivot in international environmental scandal’

WILLEMSTAD – The raid by local authorities at Asphalt Lake Recovery last Tuesday morning indicates possible involvement of Curaçao in an international environmental scandal. This is according to Herman Piso, expert in the field of asphalt processing. Mixing asphalt with mainly chemical and carcinogenic waste into fuel is a little-known form of environmental crime where, according to the Dutch Justice, millions of euros are being earned with this practice. Continue reading at Curaçao Chronicle.    

Reuters: ‘Ex-officials at Venezuela’s PDVSA pleaded guilty in bribe case: U.S.’

Three former officials at Venezuela’s state oil company have pleaded guilty to U.S. charges related to a scheme by two businessmen to corruptly secure energy contracts, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. The three former officials at Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) [PDVSA.UL] pleaded guilty under seal in December to conspiracy to commit money laundering. Their pleas were unsealed by a federal judge in Houston on Tuesday. The ex-PDVSA officials are Jose Luis Ramos Castillo, 38; Christian Javier Maldonado … Lees meer