Published On: Mon, Jul 22nd, 2013

New oil spill at Jan Kok

Oil SpillWILLEMSTAD – Yesterday a cyclist discovered a 35 meter long oil spill along the south coastline. The spot can be seen on a photograph of the local Dutch newspaper Antilliaans Dagblad. The oil spill is approximately 150 meters west of Jan Kok.

On August 18, it will be exactly a year since the Jan Kok area was smeared with oil. The Isla initially took responsibility for the oil spill, and put a lever to prevent further disaster to the nature area and the salt ponds. They even issued a press release stating that oil leaked from tank 9056 at Bullenbaai. A few days later PDVSA retracted their declaration through their spokesman Kenneth Gijsbertha. Until today PDVSA claims that the oil did not come from the refinery while the Heritage Foundation, the owner of the Jan Kok area, is convinced of the opposite. PDVSA does not want to bear the cost of the cleaning of the area.

Heritage Foundation has sued this oil giant for negligence during the oil spill in the nature area of Jan Kok. The Foundation wants the refinery to pay for all the costs of the oil spill cleaning. The case will be presented to the Court halfway through the month of August.

The Public Prosecutor (OM) launched a criminal investigation into the cause of the oil spill. The results of the sample analysis was completed last December, according to the OM the results gives them reason to ask more questions. The prosecution has not commented on the investigation until now.

The Coast Guard was unaware of an oil spill yesterday morning but will investigate.

Source and image: Antilliaans Dagblad

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