It’s probably wisest to resist drawing any wider inferences from the refinery fire in Puerto La Cruz yesterday. Silly though it sounds, it really is true that sometimes lightning just hits a refinery and causes a fire. By some accounts, there are 5-7 such events worldwide each year, so it’s not even that rare. We can probably chalk this one up to Zeus, then.
But the events of Puerto La Cruz do serve as a timely reminder: where’s the report on the far-from-inevitable explosion that left over 40 dead in Paraguaná last year? You know the report I’m talking about: the one they promised to publish no more than 120 days after the event?
It’ll be a year since that event two weeks and, so far, nothin’.Caracas Chronicles is 100% reader-supported. Support independent Venezuelan journalism by making a donation.