Obama puts Chavez on watch

If anyone in the oil and gas industry imagined the administration of US President Barack H. Obama would be soft on Venezuela, they will have to readjust their imaginings.Obama’s administration is now on watch and has made clear its will stand no nonsense—something that emerged last week when the US issued new restrictions for ships visiting the US after Venezuela.“The Coast Guard announces that it will impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving from the country of Venezuela,” said a notice by the Department of Homeland Security in the US Official Register published on Jan. 16.That, of course, was a few days before the Jan. 20 inauguration of the new president. ...

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