"Cuba's Hunt For Oil Raises Questions For U.S."

"In the deep waters off Cuba's north coast, a Chinese-built oil rig is due to begin drilling this fall in an area geologists believe may have huge beds of undersea crude.

A significant find could transform Cuba's economy and possibly alter relations with the United States, but it may also present new environmental threats for the Florida coast.

Mariel — the town 30 miles west of Havanna that was a departure point for more than 100,000 Cubans who left the island in the 1980 Mariel boatlift — is being remade into a servicing hub for the Cuban oil industry of the future.

Crews there are working furiously to finish new port facilities and a railway with hundreds of millions in Brazilian financing."

Nick Miroff reports for NPR May 12, 2011.

Thursday, May 12, 2011