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The Environmental Management
Authority (EMA) has served Petrotrin with
two notices of violations for environmental
breaches arising out of the oil spill affecting
the south-western peninsula.
Yesterday, the EMA, via a media release,
said it had served two notices of violations
on Petrotrin for breaches of the Environ-
mental Management Act Chapter 35:05 in
response to the recent oil spills along the
south-west coastline. It said there were dif-
ferent phases of action to be initiated to
deal with the violations.
"The first phase treats with disaster
response, and such efforts are ongoing and
will continue to be co-ordinated by the
National Oil Spill Contingency Committee,"
the release said.
However, the release said the EMA, in
consultation with the inter-ministerial com-
mittee, "will now be initiating the second
phase of activities to allow for assessment,
rehabilitation and remediation work." These
assessments, the release said, could be medi-
um to long term.
In the release, EMA chairman Dr Allan
Bachan said: "Addressing non-compliance
of environmental requirements is a crucial
step, and over the coming days the authority
will continue to monitor the impacts of this
oil spill and rigorously enforce its laws
through appropriate action."
Bachan also said the legislative process
would be initiated at this stage. He stressed
that the "EMA maintains its steadfast com-
mitment to environmental protection and
will work assiduously to ensure proper reha-
bilitation and remediation of the affected
The EMA, according to the release, did
preliminary aerial and on-the-ground
assessments of all the affected sites on Sat-
urday and further site visits are expected
to be done "to obtain preliminary assess-
ments with technical expertise from the
Institute of Marine Affairs and other agen-
Bachan said since the initial reporting of
the oil spill, "the EMA has and continues
to assess the extent and gravity of environ-
mental impact, which will inform the
method/s to be employed toward the reme-
diation or restoration of impacted sites,
including the containment of any wastes,
until all spilled hydrocarbon and other waste
generated have been collected."
Additionally, he said, other appropriate
measures as may be necessary to prevent
or mitigate adverse effects on human health
and the environment would be assessed.
The first of 11 oil spills was detected on
December 17. Petrotrin has since suggested
that sabotage led to two of them. A pre-
liminary report on the initial spill at Pointe-
a-Pierre on December 17 by a team of
Petrotrin officials, however, has suggested
that poor maintenence practice may have
been a factor.
Communities lining the south-western
coastline were severely affected by the oil
spills and hundreds of fisherfolk are unable
to make a living in the Gulf of Paria because
of the oil spill. They have been calling on
Petrotrin to meet with them and discuss
compensation for their lost earnings.
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"When I came here Wednesday it was bad, but
it get worse. All the mangrove roots covered and
all we seeing is damage."
Sylvan, who joined the media on a tour of the
Aripero mangrove on Friday, pointed to oil-covered
oysters she retrieved from the mangrove. She said
her livelihood, like the oysters, had died as the thick
pools of oil continued to creep into the mangrove.
Yesterday, Terrilisa Modeste, 21, complained that
since the oil spill started affecting them, her daughter
Anastasia, one year and seven-months-old, had
developed a skin rash about the body. She pointed
to red blotchy areas on the child s skin, which
appeared inflamed and swollen.
Modeste said she took the child to the Point
Fortin Area Hospital on Friday after the child s skin
began itching and turning red, and she started
"They gave me a prescription for medicine for
her to drink and she used it yesterday (Saturday)
and today...I know it will take a little time, but I
not seeing anything happening," she said.
"It is not working. She is uncomfortable, she
does be scratching it (her skin) all the time."
Petrotrin has established a medical clinic at the
La Brea Community Centre to monitor residents
and conduct routine checks.
However, yesterday when the T&T Guardian vis-
ited the clinic, Petrotrin security refused us entry
and prevented the photographer from taking pictures.
At the time, a La Brea resident was being attended
to by a nurse.
EMA serves two
notices to Petrotrin
La Brea residents employed in the clean-up efforts at Coffee Beach, La Brea, walk past debris along the oil-stained shoreline and a sign
prohibiting swimming in the area yesterday. (Inset) La Brea resident Denecia Gilbert. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Denecia Gilbert, 25, of Coffee Beach, La Brea, says
due to the oil spill she is forced to keep her son,
Ramone Boodoo away from pre-school today.
PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
A pelican covered in oil lies dead at Othaheite
Bay over the weekend, as fishing boats lay
docked due to the impact of the Petrotrin oil
spill. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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