The blast occurred around 12:30 am last night, in Catano, Puerto Rico, @ Caribbean Petroleum oil reserves, part of the Gulf Oil company, and is believed to have consumed at least 10-15 of the massive oil tanks, each holding 1 million gallons worth of gasoline. Double that number is still in serious danger of going ablaze. The government has released very limited information concerning the cause of the blaze.
The blast has caused the San Juan metropolitan area to be closed down, shutting down all roads in the area, and forcing the evacuation of the surrounding towns. The massive explosion has also raised the price of gas on the island from 62 cent per liter to 67 cents, with the government freezing the price at 67 cents per liter. It has also caused the bay in San Juan to be closed, preventing all ships from docking in port (cruise, cargo, and otherwise). The explosion could be felt more than 30 miles away.
Will report back with more information as it is released.
I think it was eco-terrorists. I read something about the graffiti sprayed on a wall nearby, it said: “Boom, fire, RIP, Gulf”. Could’ve also easily been a disgruntled employee or EX-employee… Could this be related to the massive layoffs felt across the island and protested within the last week?
Eco-minded street artist Edina Tokodi is putting a new spin on green guerilla tactics in the trendy art enclave of Williamsburg, Brooklyn…the work of Tokodi is meant to be touched, felt, and in turn touch you in the playful ways that her animated installations call to mind a more familiar, environmentally friendly state in the barren patches of urban existence.
The artist states:
“I think that our distance from nature is already a cliché. City dwellers often have no relationship with animals or greenery. As a public artist I feel a sense of duty to draw attention to deficiencies in our everyday life.”
Early this morning thousands of people began to flood the main avenues and highways of the metropolitan area of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, particularly the financial district, as part of the national strike that aims to paralyze the country for one day. The strike was convened by the labor movement to protest Governor Luis Fortuño’s decision to lay-off around 17,000 government employees (in total there have about 25,000 lay-offs) as part of his economic and financial plan for the country. Workers and members of trade unions, women, students, teachers, religious groups, political organizations, and environmentalists, among other sectors of the civil society, have joined the call and are on the streets demonstrating today. Universities, schools, and different work places are closed for the day.
The demonstrators plan to converge later today in the immediate area surrounding Plaza Las Américas, the largest mall in the Caribbean and whose owners, the Fonalledas Family, were important contributors of the Governor’s campaign. The mall was closed for the day.
Instead of dumping Southland because it’s “too dark and gritty” for 9pm and too expensive (since you have it on a fucking friday night)… why not put it on a night when people WATCH TV and how about letting it air at 10pm?
I’d rather watch Southland 5 nights a week than Jay Leno pretty much ever. Just saying.
Holy fucking fuck… I know at least 3,000 people that feel the exact same way. Was this you, Jeff Zucker? Please say “no”.