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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

Reuters: ‘PDVSA to receive U.S. crude cargo from PetroChina: traders’

Venezuela’s state-oil firm PDVSA has bought a 500,000-barrel cargo of U.S. crude from trading company PetroChina for delivery April 1-10 at its terminal in the Caribbean island of Curacao, traders told Reuters on Monday. The purchase is separate from a large tender launched by PDVSA to buy some 8 million barrels of U.S. and Nigerian crudes that was awarded last week to British firm BP and China Oil. Both PetroChina and China Oil are units of state-run China National Petroleum … Lees meer

Curaçao Chronicle: ‘Dutch Parliament Adopts Isla Motion’

WILLEMSTAD – Today the Dutch House of Representatives has officially given its support to the Isla motion. The Dutch Government is herein instructed to urge the Curaçao government to take measures to reduce emissions within a period of three months. After that period the House should be informed about the progress. The motion pollution from the Isla refinery is also characterized as a violation of human rights. The lack of enforcement is defined as improper administration by the government. Minister Ronald … Lees meer

SMOC and “National Integrity System Assessment: Curaçao 2013”: violation of human rights

Following the Air Quality Index of the US Environmental Protection Agency, living leeward the Isla-refinery (which is operated by PDVSA) is hazardous. As a consequence, since 2001 SMOC has been alarming for this environmental disaster in myriad ways, e.g. media reports and tens of lawsuits against the Isla and the Curaçao Government. Though still the problem has not been solved and, therefore, thousands of people are suffering from health diseases. Indeed, this was captured in the National Integrity System Assessment: Curaçao 2013 report … Lees meer

The Daily Herald: ‘Call in Second Chamber for intervention in Isla refinery’

THE HAGUE–The Labour Party PvdA is moving to seek a majority support in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament for intervention by the Kingdom Government to halt the excessive pollution caused by Curaçao’s Isla refinery. Enough is enough, Member of the Second Chamber Roelof van Laar (PvdA) made clear during a general debate with Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk on Thursday. He wants the Kingdom Council of Ministers to start preparing an instruction ordering the … Lees meer