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Oil spill fouls Curacao shore, threatens flamingos

Oil spill fouls Curacao shore, threatens flamingos

A fuel spill has fouled a stretch of shoreline and oiled pink flamingos and other wildlife in Curacao, a Dutch Caribbean island just north of Venezuela.
Conservationists said Monday that the oil spill at Curacao's Jan Kok area was from at least one nearby storage tank owned by the Isla oil refinery, the largest employer on the island.
The refinery is owned by Venezuela's state-owned oil company. Numerous calls to a company spokesman went unanswered Monday.
Local journalist Dick Drayer estimates that the spill covers an area of around 30 soccer fields. He says three oil slicks are floating offshore.
Peter van Leeuwen of environmental group Stichting SMOC says the oil spill started threatening wildlife last week but cleanup efforts by the company only recently got under way.


Updated : 2021-03-05 18:54 GMT+08:00