Union Official Demands Release of PDVSA Workers

Iván Freites (center) speaks during press conference in Venezuela. Source: El Nacional

(Energy Analytics Institute, Piero Stewart, 23.Jul.2018) – The four workers are being held in detention due to accusations they caused a petroleum spill in the Guarapiche River in Monagas state.

Their arrest is “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” reported the daily newspaper El Nacional, citing oil union official Iván Freites.

The oil spill, besides causing ecological damage, has left an estimated 70% of the population in Maturín without water, the official said.

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