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Oil Clumps have turned into tar on Bonaire’s East Coast (See downloadable pdf for videos and images)

Oil Clumps have turned into tar on Bonaire’s East Coast (See downloadable pdf for videos and images)

Date: June 13th , 2017

Dear Editor/Newsroom,

Oil clumps have turned into tar on Bonaire’s east coasts.

Clean up efforts have begun on the oil clumps/tar polluted coastal areas Sorobon and the Willemstoren, east of Bonaire.

The Government of Bonaire have begun aerial monitoring to determine the location of the oil drifting in the sea. Curacao and Aruba and representatives of the Dutch ministry for Infrastructure & Environment (Infrastructuur & Milieu or I&M) have made a collaborated effort in dealing with this environmental disaster and are expecting more oil clumps to wash ashore.

The impacts of ruptured Petrotrin’s Tank 70 on April 23rd 2017 are worsening. The salt in the sea water has turned most of the oil into tar, so that it cannot easily be detected by air. It will be difficult to determine if more oil is indeed on its way to Bonaire.

We have reason to believe the 300 barrels which escaped from ruptured Tank 70 is underestimated. It could be as much as 138,000 barrels of fuel oil which have escaped and flowed with the tidal currents towards islands north of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea. Several coastal communities have already been heavily impacted.

We urge our Government to alert our neighboring countries.

Sourced from: bes-reporter: http://bes-reporter.com/index.php/2017/05/27/oil-slick-tar-polluteparts-east-coast-bonaire/

skyvire bonaire: https://vimeo.com/219229638

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