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Giant Explosion at Venezuela's Largest Oil Refinery
Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/8/12 | Chana Yaar

Posted on 08/25/2012 2:14:45 PM PDT by Eleutheria5

Venezuela's largest oil refinery went up in flames Saturday, leaving 26 dead and some 80 people wounded, officials said.

Among the dead was a 10-year-old boy and 17 members of the National Guard, who are stationed at a post at the Amuay complex.

The refinery is one of the biggest in the world, producing 645,000 barrels of oil per day.

Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez, president of the state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela oil company that runs the refinery complex said the blast occurred at 1:15 a.m. At least two storage tanks were ignited, and other facilities at the refinery were damaged as well. A number of homes opposite the complex were also damaged.

Ramirez, who appeared on national television, said the explosion was caused by a gas leak and was an accident. President Hugo Chavez, who called it “sad and painful,” declared a 3-day national mourning period.

The Amuay oil refinery is located in Punto Fijo in Falcon State, in the Peninsula of Paraguana. The conflagration is the OPEC nation's worst industrial accident in recent memory.

Venezuela is South America's largest oil producer – but it also has a strong connection with Iran, a fellow member of OPEC, as well.

In May of this year, the National Iranian Oil Company and Petroleos de Venezuela signed a $2 billion contract to develop the dobokubi oil field in Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt together. .....

(Excerpt) Read more at israelnationalnews.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chavez; explosion; iran; refinery; venezuela
I done told them Iranians not to make bombs on the premises. They act as though they don't understand Spanish sometimes. What do they think this is, some bus in Jerusalem?
1 posted on 08/25/2012 2:14:54 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5

High gas prices in the US are not zero’s fault ... their hugo’s .. in 3, 2, 1, ...


2 posted on 08/25/2012 2:17:34 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Eleutheria5

Oh no...gas prices in Venezuela are going to skyrocket up to 45 cents a gallon!


3 posted on 08/25/2012 2:20:52 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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4 posted on 08/25/2012 2:26:29 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Eleutheria5

I’m sure Hugo is blaming this on “wreckers”.


5 posted on 08/25/2012 2:28:24 PM PDT by catnipman ((Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!))
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To: knarf

This will definitely push our gas prices through the roof, since we have 3 big refineries also down.

Look for $6 gas within a week.


6 posted on 08/25/2012 2:32:12 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

O: That proves that birthers did it to ruin my chances of reelection.


7 posted on 08/25/2012 2:36:14 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

I bet I know who did it. Starts with M, ends with D and they were using this as a trial run and to send a message.


8 posted on 08/25/2012 2:49:46 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: catnipman
It's Hugo's fault for seizing this refinery in 1976 from the Creole Petroleum Corp owned by Americans originally, it was acquired by Standard Oil of New jersey.

Without direct access to American technology the Venezuelan commies aren't capable of putting a cork in a bung hole.

They'll be blowing everything else up over the next few months.

9 posted on 08/25/2012 2:51:09 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Eleutheria5

>The refinery is one of the biggest in the world, producing 645,000 barrels of oil per day.<

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Refineries do not produce oil — they REFINE oil.


10 posted on 08/25/2012 3:14:55 PM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as good as those who enforce it.)
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To: 353FMG

and they produce gasoline.......


11 posted on 08/25/2012 3:26:04 PM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Eleutheria5
Wyatt's torch. I Predicted this 18 months ago on this board.

Or it could be an accident.

5.56mm

12 posted on 08/25/2012 3:29:52 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: editor-surveyor

About mid-August we were putting gas in our vehicles, about $3.35 a gallon. That weekend, it shot up to $3.50+, but this past week, midweek, it was back to the $3.35 range. Not sure what happened. But I will not be surprised to see at least a slight jump in prices as a result.


13 posted on 08/25/2012 3:31:02 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: basil

I thought cows did that, causing global warming./s


14 posted on 08/25/2012 3:33:14 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

LOL!


15 posted on 08/25/2012 3:37:17 PM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Went up 15 cents a gallon here on this past Thursday.


16 posted on 08/25/2012 3:42:51 PM PDT by jennings2004 (News flash! The 58th State has been found, it's OIHO....LOL)
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To: muawiyah

No, I’m sure there is a goodly supply of handwringing internationalist losers who will provide or pay for the technical expertise to keep the socialist craphole tottering along.

Hell, the whole time of the cold war we were feeding and loaning money to the Soviets...


17 posted on 08/25/2012 3:52:42 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Axenolith
International import/export credits facilitate trade ~ they are hardly gifts.

Doesn't mean some goldarned democrat didn't try to give the money away, but credits are a well seasoned practice

18 posted on 08/25/2012 3:59:32 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Axenolith

Now back to the issue of access to American oil refinery technology ~ they will have to accept second best ~ the Chicoms ~ and they will be down there at the cantinas every evening getting drunk and messing with the local girls.


19 posted on 08/25/2012 4:01:13 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Eleutheria5
What a wonderful time to increase the pressure on Iran to starve the population of energy supplies in order to foment an uprising!

I'm sure that the Israeli’s have their Ouija board out rethinking strategy (While Zero writes down his 9 on a par 5, while vowing to get out on the course more often).

20 posted on 08/25/2012 4:01:26 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: Eleutheria5

bfl


21 posted on 08/25/2012 4:05:04 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. EdmondBurke)
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To: M Kehoe
Wyatt's torch. I Predicted this 18 months ago on this board. Or it could be an accident.

I suspect that, for the last several years, Chavez supporters have been getting hiring preferences without regard for competence. It was just a matter of time before the net level of incompetence rose to critical mass.

It's just what happens in socialist economies -- the friends and relatives of the political class infest everything eventually. The leadership has no choice, since they NEED their supporters, and the supporters demand cushy jobs as a condition of support.

22 posted on 08/25/2012 4:05:42 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (A deep-fried storm is coming, Mr Obama.)
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To: Eleutheria5
Among the dead was a 10-year-old boy and 17 members of the National Guard, who are stationed at a post at the Amuay complex.

I think I know what caused it.


23 posted on 08/25/2012 4:25:42 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: muawiyah

“It’s Hugo’s fault for seizing this refinery in 1976 from the Creole Petroleum Corp owned by Americans originally, it was acquired by Standard Oil of New jersey.

Without direct access to American technology the Venezuelan commies aren’t capable of putting a cork in a bung hole.

They’ll be blowing everything else up over the next few months. “

Yep, “wreckers”. :):):)


24 posted on 08/25/2012 5:29:58 PM PDT by catnipman ((Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!))
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To: VeniVidiVici
Among the dead was a 10-year-old boy and 17 members of the National Guard, who are stationed at a post at the Amuay complex.

Why was a 10 year old boy stationed at the post???

25 posted on 08/25/2012 5:31:37 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: mountn man

Indeed.

And the 17 National Guardsmen.

No ‘oridinary’ workers appear to have been at the plant.


26 posted on 08/25/2012 6:39:36 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: editor-surveyor

Look for $6 gas within a week.

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IIRC that is where Hussian wanted gas prices to go in the US.


27 posted on 08/25/2012 9:12:20 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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