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Source of oil leak unknown
As Petrotrin completed clean-up oper-
ations after oil deposits washed ashore at
two beaches in La Brea,an environmental
activist is calling on Petrotrin to disclose
the source of the oil and how much leaked
into the ocean.
Commenting on the presence of oil at Car-
at Shed and Point Stable beaches on August
1, Aboud of Fishermen and Friends of the Sea
(FFOS) admitted the volume of oil was less than
what leaked out from a ruptured tank in April.
Some 125,000 barrels of oil leaked into the Gua-
racara River on that occasion and contaminated
beaches in the south western peninsula.
"But how much was this spill, where did the
oil come from. Up to now, Petotrinis silent on
the source, volume of the oil spill or on the as-
sociated risk it poses to the nearby communities
and fisheries. What is being used to clean up
this spill," he asked.
"Disasters such as the December 2013 oil
spills and the April 23, 2017 Tank 70 rupture
have a long lasting impact on the livelihoods of
fisher-folk, and health of the fisheries. These
effects continue to be seen and felt even after
44 months of the 11 oil spills in 2013, as over 20
species of dead fish and dying shrimp continue
to wash ashore daily in Point Sable Beach, La
Brea," he claimed.
He also questioned why there is no trans-
parency on the undocumented and unreported
leakages that are rated as insignificant by Petro-
trin. Accusing Petrotrin of having a continuous
degrading impact on fisheries and livelihoods
because of continuousoil spills, he said trans-
parency would encourage efficiency.
"And yet the public is locked out from view-
ing Petrotrin's environment audits and reports
such as the still secretly hidden Tank 70, 2003
report done by Shell."
In a statement, the State-owned energy
company said clean-up operations along the
shoreline was completed. However, the com-
pany stated that the source of the oil was still
undetermined and investigations were ongoing.
The company said it would continue to monitor
the beaches and thanked all stakeholders for their
assistance and cooperation in completing these
clean-up activities in a safe and timely manner.
loses CDA lawsuit
A High Court judge has refused to grant an in-
junction to a businessman who the Chaguaramas
Development Authority (CDA) had barred from
using its property at Alcan Bay, Chaguaramas as
an access point to board his fishing and tour boat.
In a press release issued yesterday, the CDA said
that the injunction application from Martin Hourie
was rejected by High Court Judge Kevin Ramcharan
in the Port-of-Spain High Court on Monday.
"Hourie failed in his bid to lift the restrictions taken
by the CDA, which he (Hourie) had deemed as inter-
fering with his use and enjoyment, as well as that of
his servants, agents, licensees, and customers of the
right of way to the lands as well as his right of fishing
and conducting operations of passenger's vessels,"
the release said.
The CDA also stated that it was pleased with the
decision as it provided relief to people living and
working on the islands off the coast at the site.
"It is expected that the safety of local fisherfolk
who use the Alcan Bay area would also benefit from
the decision...The CDA has also been receiving com-
plaints over the years about the excessive noise com-
ing from party boats operating in the area and this
judgment will certainly give relief to those citizens,"
the release said.
Hourie sought the injunction after the CDA issued
notices on July barring him, his staff and customers
from passing through CDA to access a jetty in the area.
He claimed that the decision was unfair as his busi-
ness was targeted while other tour and party boat
operators, who use the land were being ignored.
He also claimed to have a legitimate expectation
to use the land as his company has been doing so for
almost 50 years, without the intervention of the CDA.
In dismissing the application, Ramcharan ruled that
there were no issues raised by Hourie in the injunction
application that may succeed at trial and that the CDA
was able to pay any damages which may arise if he
decides to file a substantive lawsuit over his rights
of passage through the property.
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