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In our story on Page A11 yesterday, there
was a typographical error in the name of
Gillian Wall, chair of the Powerful Ladies
of T&T. Our apologies to Ms Wall.
GETTING IT RIGHT
Founder and president of Papa Bois Conser-
vation Marc de Verteuil is concerned about the
slowness of help for the wildlife affected by the
oil spill along the south-western peninsula.
He made the comment yesterday as he con-
firmed that despite numerous sightings of wildlife
caked in oil, only one bird was reported to have
been rescued and treated since the oil spill was
first detected at Petrotrin s port in the Gulf of
Paria last Tuesday. The blanket of oil has since
spread to beaches in La Brea, Granville and Cedros.
In a telephone interview yesterday, de Verteuil,
a T&T Guardian columnist, said his last visit to
affected areas in Granville, Bonasse and La Brea
was on Monday.
"Clean-up is progressing slowly," he reported.
"There was a dead fish at Bonasse beach. I saw
a bird which was half covered in oil, but still flying
and walking. It will die unless it gets help. I saw
two dead pelicans in La Brea."
He said clean-up crews told him they had def-
initely seen animals in distress.
"People doing the cleaning up said they saw
two oil-slicked caimans at the mangrove by
He said there were a lot of people volunteering
help, but "we need to work on putting an effective
response in place."
Dr Carla Phillips, of the UWI School of Veteri-
nary Medicine and Aquatic Animal Health Unit,
said the school was one of three cleaning centres
set up to assist wildlife affected by the spills. She
said Environmental Management Authority (EMA)
officials on Friday informed the school that wildlife
might be coming in for treatment.
"At that point we essentially started putting
measures in place to have facilities available to
have animals brought in for treatment and care."
However, she said there was no accommodation
for the animals at the school, so it will treat and
clean the animals and send them to the other two
centres for recuperation. The centres are Wildlife
Orphanage and Rehabilitation Centre in Petit
Valley and the El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Con-
servation. However, she said so far no animals
have been brought in.
Lisa Thomas of the Wildlife Orphanage, where
the rescued bird has been recuperating, also said
no other oil-affected animals had been sent to
Environment Minister Ganga Singh and Petrotrin
corporate communications manager Gillian Friday
could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Concern for safety
of wildlife deepens
He said the strategy would be to con-
tinue to place oil booms (barriers to trap
the oil) and keep it offshore. Gove added
that the product found in La Brea was
closer to crude oil and was unrefined.
"The lab tests will confirm this," he
He told the T&T Guardian that the
spill was "a controlled event" and there
would be some environmental impact.
Ramnarine said samples of the oil had
been sent to Houston for testing and fin-
gerprinting to find the source of the spill.
He confirmed, however, that the source
was yet to be determined.
Woman delivers baby
A 28-year-old La Brea resident affected
by the oil spill along the south-western
peninsula yesterday delivered a baby girl,
after Petrotrin officials took her hospital
when she began complaining of contrac-
Tamara Montano was transported by
a Petrotrin ambulance to the Point Fortin
Area Hospital, where she gave birth to
her third child, a release from the company
Montano was accompanied by Petrotrin
fire and emergency medical technician
Christopher Vialva and fire technician
Anderson Webb, who provided primary
medical care en route to the hospital. Both
mother and baby were said to be in good
health and resting comfortably last
The company also distributed food
hampers and toiletries last evening to
affected residents, who have been unable
to perform normal personal and household
duties ahead of today s Christmas Day
celebrations due to the restrictions
imposed on them because of the clean-
up.The release yesterday added that
Petrotrin had mobilised all available
resources to manage the containment and
clean-up response, which was beefed up
yesterday with the assistance of employees
from Oil Spill Response Limited from Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, and the UK.
Among other things, residents located
within the immediate area of the spill
were advised to refrain from using open
or naked flames due to the presence of
flammable hydrocarbons in the atmos-
phere. The company has been providing
meals for some 100 affected residents
The company is also collaborating with
the respective fisherfolk associations
between La Brea and Cedros to facilitate
timely compensation payments and
replacement equipment to their mem-
Samples sent to Houston
From Page A1
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bisessar hugs nine-
year-old resident Eve Thomas as La Brea MP
Fitzgerald Jeffrey looks on during a tour of Coffee
Beach, La Brea, yesterday.
Tiger Tank Trinidad Unlimited workers conduct clean-up operations at Coffee Beach, La Brea, yesterday. PHOTOS: RISHI RAGOONATH
In wake of oil spill...
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