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Story Publication logo July 27, 2016

Oil Smuggling Brings Environmental Disaster to Venezuela's Economic Ruin


Nadja Drost and Bruno Federico, Venezuela

With food shortages, collapsing health care, spiraling violence, political chaos and an economy in...

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The economic disaster in Venezuela caused by tumbling petroleum prices—oil production is the main industry—is also behind an environmental one. Lake Maracaibo, which sustains the Añu indigenous group, is being contaminated by oil spills and the leaky drilling infrastructure, all made worse by rampant gas smuggling. Pulitzer Center grantees Nadja Drost and Bruno Federico report on this problem for the NewsHour.