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Chief Justice Ivor Archie is expected to raise
some of the concerns of the Judiciary when he
addresses the opening of the new law term at
the Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain tomorrow.
The ceremonial opening begins with an inter-
religious service at the Cathedral Church of the
Holy Trinity, Abercromby Street, from 10am.
Following the service there will be a procession
to the Hall of Justice on Knox Street where Archie
will inspect the Guard of Honour by the Police
Service. Judges, Magistrates and other members
of the Judiciary will also be present.
Archie will later address the ceremony at the
Convocation Hall and formerly declare the 2014/15
law term open.
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Newly crowned Miss La Reine Rive Tadia Bruce strikes a pose in her evening gown which was accessorised with bottle crowns
during the finale of the Prime Minister's Best Village Trophy Competition at the Queen's Park Savannah,Port-of-Spain on Saturday
night. PHOTO:ABRAHAM DIAZ
Erin residents could not prepare Sunday
lunch as they were afraid to light their
Two people were taken to hospital and
several residents were forced to leave their
homes after a gas well operated by Lease
Operators Ltd ruptured in Erin on Satur-
Yesterday crews from the company and
Petrotrin were trying to contain the leak as
gas continued to be released into the air,
causing panic among villagers.
Head of corporate social responsibility at
Petrotrin George Comissiong said employees
of Lease Operators were working on the well
when the leak occurred.
Comissiong said two people fell ill and
Petrotrin ambulance took them to their Santa
Flora medical centre where they were treated
He was unable to give the names or status
of the affected residents, but said their symp-
toms were minor.
Another resident Merle Sooknanan-Toorie
had to use the ambulance to be transported
to a relative s home after she began to feel
dizzy. A relative said the entire family of
seven had to leave home because of the pun-
The leak began at around 10 pm on Sat-
urday when personnel from Lease Operators
were working on Well IPS 537, which is
leased to that company under Petrotrin s
Lease Operatorship Programme, Petrotrin
revealed in a news release.
The pump failed, resulting in mud, oil
and gas leaking out near #9 Road, Santa
Fitzroy Guevara, who lives close by, said
he noticed men pumping water into the well
around 5 pm and about three hours later,
gas started to "blow out."
Despite the strong smell of gas, he said
he stayed home while his neighbours spent
the night at relatives homes.
"Gas is something that spreads in the
night so when we smelled gas, we stayed at
home, but the people across the road went
down the road to stay with their cousins.
The scent was strong, but I worked in oil
and gas so I am accustomed," Guevara said.
Another resident, Trevor Joseph, said when
he reached his home around 3 am yesterday,
Petrotrin personnel asked him if he had any-
where else he could stay. Joseph said, because
his family lived in Point Fortin, he opted to
leave his windows open and the fans on
despite an uncomfortable feeling.
In the release, Petrotrin said senior per-
sonnel from its health and safety, security
and operations departments gave support
to Lease Operators emergency response
"The area was secured to minimise any
adverse impact to the environment and the
neighbouring community," the release said.
The Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs,
the Environmental Management Authority
(EMA), the Occupational Safety and Health
Agency (Osha), the Trinidad and Tobago
Police Service and other regulatory agencies
Investigations are ongoing.
The well was brought under control yes-
terday at around 4.10 pm.
Gas leak shuts down Erin
In a separate incident, close to 150 barrels of oil
were recovered by Petrotrin after a car crashed
into an active 10 inch line in Point Fortin
The unnamed driver, who had reportedly lost
control of the vehicle, was taken to the Point
Fortin Area Hospital by Petrotrin security officers
and later transferred to the San Fernando General
In a media release yesterday, Petrotrin said that
around 5.22 am, patrolling security officers saw
the car overturned on the roadside near Damus
On checking further, the officers found that a
spool had ruptured causing crude oil and water to
escape onto the road side.
Emergency teams installed booms and other
containment devices as vacuum trucks were used
to recover the seepage.
Up to late yesterday, clean-up operations were
continuing as repairs to the line was expected to
be completed by today.
Comissiong said the line transport crude out
from Trinmar to the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.
CAR CRASHES INTO OIL LINE
New law term
A Cepep worker was killed while cutting grass
with his whacker near the NP flyover, off the
Beetham Highway yesterday morning.
Quacy Hackett was shot three times around
930am. He died on arrival at the Port-of-Spain
Homicide officers are investigating the killing.
The murder toll now stands at 294.
Cepep worker killed
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