Sunday, 29th December 2013
Mr Allan Bachan
Environmental Management Authority (EMA)
St Clair, Trinidad
cc Ganga Singh, Minister of the Environment.
Dear Mr Bachan,
We have recieved fresh reports as we write that a massive amount of fresh oil is washing onto La Brea.
These pictures were taken yesterday. Please observe many things.
This beach was cleaned already, and in one day fresh oil covered the cleaned beach.
These are booms which are meant to contain the oil at sea until it can be removed. The booms are dilapidated and have washed ashore, giving the ever present oil free movement to drift unencumbered.
This picture shows fresh oil in an area of Carrot Shed Beach which was cleaned on that very same day.
This is one more casualty
This vessel is spraying dispersant, but Petrotrin refuses to say what the name of the dispersant it is using is. Dispersants can increase the impact of hydrocarbons on the environment. Please also notice the blackened water in the foreground which is drenched with fresh oil about to wash onto the Queens Beach in La Brea.
Mr Bachan, these uncontrolled and multiple oil spills are crippling our fishery. Mindful of the cumulative impact of these oil spills, can you as chairman of the EMA, please recall the approval recently given to Petrotrin for seismic discharges, until some semblance of stability can be achieved?
Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS)