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Open letter: Massive amounts of fresh oil washing ashore in Trinidad
Published on December 30, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

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?

Gary Aboud,
Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS)
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Peta Alkins:

I would like to add my voice and the voices of my friends, family and fellow citizens to Gary's voice. It is a measure of the powers that be hold this country in low esteem. For Mr Gillett to say that the matter is in control and the clean-up will take two weeks even while more and more oil is spilling is totally ludicrous and shows what a poor a job he and his board members at Petrotrin have done.

Please, Mr. Bachan, intervene with all the might that the EMA may have and some. It is not only the fishing industry that is being destroyed, it is tourism, investment and our very land that is disappearing..


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