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Marabella residents breathed a little
easier yesterday as clean-up operations
continued in the Guaracara River to
remove a thick slick of oil that had
blackened the area.
Petrotrin sent in teams to remove the
oil that had leaked from its Pointe-a-
Pierre refinery and polluted the river on
Resident Glenis Quashie-Dalrymple,
of Silk Cotton Street, Marabella, said her
family experienced a difficult night on
Monday as the pungent fumes from the
river, which flowed behind her house,
kept them awake.
"I did not sleep well last night (Mon-
day) because the smell was high. Most
of the night the kids were coughing and
coughing and I had to get up and take
some medication and relax before I could
try to go to sleep," Quashie-Dal-
rymple said yesterday.
A sulphuric smell still hung in
the air when the T&T Guardian vis-
ited the area yesterday.
Quashie-Dalrymple said she was
feeling much better than she did
on Monday when she had to seek
medical attention for respiratory
"I am feeling much better. Today
(yesterday) we are seeing a only a
thin sheen of oil on the river that
is remaining. Most of it run off now.
But I did not see anyone cleaning,"
Yesterday, on the Silk Cotton
Street side of the river the water
was murky and there was little oil
visible on the water s surface. How-
ever, on the Bayshore side of the
river the air was heavy with the sul-
phuric smell of oil and thick patches
of oil floated on the river s surface.
Oil booms were tied at various
points along the river to trap the oil
and keep it from reaching the sea.
The mangrove on the river bank
was also stained with oil.
A Petrotrin tanker, with a suction
hose, was parked on the Pointe-a-
Pierre refinery side of the river
extracting the oil from the water s
Yesterday, Centeno Street, Mara-
bella, resident Ricky Hosein, 50,
complained that he awoke to the
strong scent of oil and when he
walked out to his backyard he saw
the river s surface awash with the
"Today, they had some people in
a boat there (behind his house) in
the water collecting rubbish from
the oil so they could suck it up into
the tanker. My friend, who is a crab
catcher, said he see oil inside the
mangrove too and he cannot catch
anything inside there," Hosein said.
He expressed outrage that such
spills kept happening in his com-
"I feel like this becoming a habit
now with them. It happening too
often now and you keep getting this
kerosene smell all the time. I cooking
as normal home, nobody come and
tell me otherwise," Hosein said.
Both Quashie-Dalrymple and
Hosein, who live on opposite sides
of the river, expressed disappoint-
ment that Petrotrin had not met
with residents to reassure them or
update them on the situation.
Petrotrin mops up another leak
saplings line the
yesterday, as Petrotrin
operations after anothe
oil spill from its Pointe-
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Yesterday, Petrotrin's Corporate
Communications Manager Gillian
Friday, in an e-mailed statement,
said Petrotrin continued clean-up
activities yesterday following the
small leak from the Pointe-a-Pierre
refinery on Sunday.
"While significant progress has
been made in the clean-up
exercise, containment booms
remain in place in the Guaracara
River and the company has also
taken the additional precaution to
install sorbent booms," she said in
the statement. Friday assured that
no oil had escaped into the sea.
She said air quality tests were
conducted in the surrounding
community and those tests were
continuing. Friday added that the
company was grateful to all
stakeholders for their support.
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