Because I live in NJ this story caught my eye. So I had to further investigate
- Petty's island is a 300-acre island in the middle of the Delaware River, and it will be given to New Jersey. ( I thought we already owned it as it is located within 15 minutes from my house; but no it was owned by Venezuela.)
- You see the Venezuelan-owned Citgo Petroleum Corp. they evidently bought the island quite sometime ago for a fuel storage facility.
- When the island is ready for visitors in 2020 activities will be limited to hiking and bike riding.
- Venezuela announced the gift as part of an Earth Day celebration.
Yep, it is true that the governor's office has announced that Venezuela will give a 300-acre island in the Delaware River to the state of New Jersey.
"Earth Day is a fitting time to consummate the donation of this special place," Corzine said in the news release. "Petty's Island has become an important home to bald eagles, kestrels and a wide variety of waterfowl. We are opening a new chapter in the island's long history by restoring it and giving it back to nature and the people of New Jersey."
I am shocked and amazed that Hugo Chavez Venezuelan leader made this gesture yesterday and what's more it will will not occur before 2020 when the transfer will take place. I think the hold up is that NJDEP needs to make sure that the cleanup goes smoothly.
Read more about this in the CNN article here