Colossal sector that shaped the country almost stopped due to serious management errors and US sanctions.
For the first time in a century, there are no rigs looking for oil in Venezuela. Wells that previously exploited the largest reserves in the world are abandoned or have ceased to emit toxic gases that send an orange glow over decadent cities.
Refineries that previously processed oil for export are rusty hulls, leaking the product that dyes the coast black and covers the water with an oily shine. The shortage of fuel brought the country to a standstill. At gas stations, queues stretch for miles.
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