Socialist Oil Spills Contaminate Venezuela’s Lake with Toxins

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The Maracaibo Environment Institute warns that about 40% of Venezuela’s largest lake, Lake Maracaibo, is contaminated with Microcystis cyanobacteria, producing the toxic substance microcystin. The bacteria’s growth is attributed to the state oil company PDVSA polluting the lake with oil and chemicals, and non-functional pumping plants bringing sewage into direct contact with the lake. The socialist regime of Nicolás Maduro has refused to declare a state of emergency, despite satellite evidence of a public health emergency. The contamination affects citizens, local fauna, and fishermen who rely on the lake. Mismanagement of the oil industry has caused environmental disasters with little international attention.