I have just read a short news article about an oil spill in Venezuela that is affecting the beaches in Aruba. Can anyone confirm this news story? I hope it is not true as I will be in Aruba in a few days...
ORANJESTAD – The beaches on Aruba and Curaçao have probably been polluted by an oil tank at the Venezuelan coast. This is what both the Curaçao Haven Veiligheidsinspectie, (Curaçao port safety inspection) as well as Bibi Arends from the Aruban Bureau of disaster co-ordination believe.Both sources are not 100 percent sure about the origin of the pollution, but the Curaçao Haven Veiligheidsinspectie (HIV) does report a ‘mystery spill’ in the vicinity of the Venezuelan coast. Also Arends points in the direction of the neighboring country. After Aruba received reports from oil smeared tourists on Saturday, Arends tried to determine its origin by police helicopter. “Eventhough I was informed hours too late, we were nevertheless able to determine that the long strip of ‘sheen’ (oil residue) lay twelve miles south of Oranjestad and ran from the west to the east, crossing the horizon towards Curaçao. I then warned the Antillean authorities.” Soon afterwards Breezes and also hotel Avila reported pollution problems.