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Security at Petrotrin installations was
beefed last night as the state-owned oil
company raised its threat alert after a cryp-
tic warning was issued in a video posted
on Youtube from the group Anonymous
Yesterday, the group, which has described
itself as a "loosely associated international
network of human/civil/animal activist,"
issued the threat as it called on the company
to come "clean" on the Marabella oil spill
and its impact on residents.
The video was highlighted on the CNC3
7 pm newscast last night. It was filmed as
a news bulletin and featured an individual
dressed in black and wearing a Guy Fawkes
mask. In the video, the individual alleged
Petrotrin was not being open with the nation
on the impact the July oil spill, which saw
8,000 barrels of oil leaking into the
Guaracara River, is having on Marabella res-
The video ended ominously with the indi-
vidual stating: "We are anonymous. We are
a legion. Consider this a warning. Expect
us."Last night, Petrotrin president Khalid
Hassanali told the T&T Guardian the threat
was not being taken lightly.
"All threats are taken seriously and will
be reported to the police.
"I was not aware that anything like this
was coming, I was taken by surprise this
afternoon (yesterday). Our chief security
officer will be handling the matter shortly,"
Hassanali said in a telephone interview.
He said Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine
was informed about the video and steps
were being taken to address the contents
of the video. Petrotrin s chief security officer
was "assessing the security at the refinery
and installations," Hassanali added.
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support for the event
has forced organisers
of the International
Soca Monarch Com-
petition to move the
venue of next year s
semi-final to the
greens at the Queen s
Park Savannah, Port-
are expected to begin
on January 4, while the
Fantastic Friday event will take place on February
13 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
This year s competition will also see the return
of the Carib Breakout artiste competition, good
news to the many new entrants to the soca arena
Speaking at the official launch of the event yes-
terday at the Brian Lara Promenade, Port-of-Spain,
spokeswoman Jeniece Scoon described the event
as more than just a headlining Carnival show.
"It has grown into a catalyst that can fuel the
transformation of the soca industry.
"Our intent, beyond producing a mega show, is
to engage the artists, managers, writers, music pro-
ducers, video producers, dancers and other pro-
fessionals that make significant contributions to
this industry," she said.
Scoon said organisers were bringing in local and
foreign experts to ensure their various programmes
"Our desire is to continue producing more Soul
Train Award Winners and Grammy Award Winners
that take our soca music to the world," she added.
Guardian Media Limited managing director Lisa
Agard said the competition had been growing from
strength-to-strength each year.
Guardian Media Limited and Carib Brewery, the
National Lotteries Control Board and KFC are spon-
sors of the event.
Colin Murray, sponsorship and event manager
at Carib Brewery Limited, promised the Breakout
Artiste category would be back next year.
Yesterday, the organisers brought the launch,
previously held only for media, to a few hundred
people at the promenade. The fans braved the rainy
weather to stay for the launch and show which fea-
tured several soca artistes.
Holding red Digicel umbrellas, people danced
and sang while mingling with Dame Lorraines,
Moko Jumbies and Blue Devils as soca artistes,
mostly the new generation, like Erphaan Alves,
Akeem Chance (Preedy) and Kenneth Richards (K
Rich), sang their songs.
Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Lincoln
Douglas also spoke at the event. (See page A7)
In wake of threats over Petrotrin oil spill...
At press time, the number views on the
video stood at 301, with 28 people liking
it and five people disliking it.
The cloaked individual, speaking with a
distorted voice in the video, said: "It has
come to our attention that a resident of
Marabella, Akimoo Roger, claimed his
daughter and wife are still sick and is calling
on state-owned oil company Petrotrin to
release medical reports and provide com-
pensation to the residents."
The person went on to say: "We have
reason to believe that their illness is caused
by the use of Corexit 9500 in the waters
of the surrounding areas used to accelerate
the process of degrading oil.
"We also have suspicion to believe that
it was also what caused the death of the
couple who went swimming in the waters
of the La Brea area earlier in 2014, not long
after they dispersed Corexit 9500 to clean
up a total of 11 oil spills which occurred
between 17 December 2013 and 29 Decem-
However, Hassanali last evening denied
Corexit was used in the clean-up efforts
in Marabella or La Brea.
"I want to assure that Corexit was not
used in the clean-up in the river and in the
spill that took place on December 17 last
year. Corexit was used more than one mile
offshore Pointe-a-Pierre and nowhere else,"
Hassanali said he did not understand
why such a video was made, especially
since the company has been meeting with
a committee that was formed by the res-
He said he also was not familiar with the
name Akimoo Roger nor was he aware res-
idents were experiencing medical prob-
He said when the oil spilled into the river,
Petrotrin s medical team immediately
addressed the heath concerns of residents
directly affected. He said from his under-
standing persons who were asthmatic were
the only ones who had some issues.
"My understanding is that most of those
have cleared up now," he added.
Guardian Media Limited's
managing director Lisa
A screen shot of the Anonymous T&T video which targeted Petrotrin.
WHO IS ANONYMOUS
Anonymous is a loosely associated
international network of activist and
The group became known for a series
of well-publicised publicity stunts and
distributed denial-of-service (DDoS)
attacks on government, religious and
corporate Web sites.
Anonymous members (known as
"Anons") can be distinguished in public
by the wearing of stylised Guy Fawkes
Targets of Anonymous hacktivism
included government agencies of the
US, Israel, Tunisia, Uganda and others.
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