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Head of the Environmental Man-
agement Authority (EMA) Dr Allan
Bachan has confirmed that 7,500
barrels of oil have been spilled
along the 10.5 miles of south-west-
ern coastline. He also said since
the spill originated ten miles of
beach has been cleaned.
Speaking to the media at a press
conference at the EMA s head office
on Elizabeth Street, St Clair, yes-
terday, Bachan said from the 7,500
barrels spilled approximately 4,200
barrels have been collected.
"Reports further suggest that the
remainder of the oil either evapo-
rated or was treated out at sea and
dispersed or found itself onto the
shores and got mixed within the
sand," he said.
Bachan seemed unsure of whether
chemical degreasers, especially the
controversial Corexit 9500, was
being used as part of the clean-up
process, at first saying no chemicals
were used and then refuting when
pressed by the media.
"Our compliance team has not
seen the use of any chemicals in the
clean-up exercise," he said at first
then shifted to "well they would use
things like degreasers on the site"
before asking EMA s compliance
officer Ria Ramoutar to explain fur-
Ramoutar said that the EMA was
not responsible for the list of
degreasers utilised in the clean-up
operations and said that responsi-
bility lay with the Ministry of Energy
and the National Oil Spill Contin-
Questions were raised regarding
Bachan s evaporation theory which
prompted Ramoutar to step in to
explain that "components" of the
bunker fuel could evaporate, not the
heavy bunker fuel that was spilled.
"There are lighter factors and
there are heavier factors, the volatile
components of the oil spilled can
evaporate, they can also be mechan-
ically broken up," Ramoutar said.
When pressed on how and in
what type of temperatures bunker
sea oil will evaporate, both Bachan
and Ramoutar promised to provide
that information to the media at a
Bachan then called for the public
to let the "science prevail".
Bachan was critical of media
reports that highlighted the concerns
of the residents in the area.
"You would appreciate that a clear
plan needs to be identified and a
clear work plan needs to be iden-
tified and we will address this matter
in a scientific manner that would
allow us to deal with these problems
appropriately. At this point in time
there are a number of things being
put out to the public domain and
we appreciate it, but the issue is we
must allow the science to prevail,"
Bachan said he is "satisfied" with
the response to the one-month-old
oil spill that impacted the south-
"The EMA is satisfied with the
progress of the clean-up carried out
by Petrotrin to date," Bachan said.
Bachan said the EMA also con-
ducted air quality monitoring and
found "low levels of volatile, organic
compound present in the air."
Recent reports highlighted com-
plaints by residents along Coffee
Beach about persistent, noxious
fumes in the air. Bachan said: "The
air is at an acceptable standard and
is no longer hazardous or flamma-
"The levels of hydrogen sulfide
and carbon monoxide is also at
Bachan said because some matters
surrounding the spills were under
investigation and had legal ramifi-
cations, he could not comment on
every aspect of the spill or the inves-
EMA satisfied with oil spill clean-up
Two killings in north Trinidad
on Thursday night have pushed
the murder toll to 31 for the year.
For the same period last year
the figure stood at 23.
Clevon Manswell, of Hermitage
Road, Belmont, was shot several
times after he stepped out of a
car on Belmont Valley Road, Bel-
mont. Police said a man got out
of a vehicle, opened fire on Man-
swell, jumped back into the wait-
ing vehicle and sped off.
Manswell was taken to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital
and died while undergoing sur-
At the Forensic Science Centre
yesterday one of Manswell s rel-
ative, who did not want to be
identified, said his family could
not understand why the 27-year-
old was killed, as he was a hard-
working man who had recently
The relative said Manswell
might have been killed for being
with the wrong company. "I don t
know if they meant to go after
his friend or what. People does
take you down roads you not
supposed to go, and that s why
you supposed to watch the com-
pany you keep. But you see (him),
he was a hard-working man and
was working hard, doing every-
thing right in this life to make
sure that his family was provided
for" the relative said.
About an hour later, Homicide
detectives were investigating
another murder, this time in La
Dion Mitchell, 27, of Phase
Seven, La Horquetta, was last
seen liming in the gallery of Everil
Gibbs at Toni Goviah Avenue,
when neighbours heard gunshots
and found both Gibbs and
Mitchell lying in the road.
The two men were taken to the
Arima District Health Facility
where Mitchell, who had been
shot several times, died.
Gibbs, who was shot in the
chest, was transferred to the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Com-
plex. He remained warded in a
critical condition late yesterday.
Speaking to the media at the
Forensic Science Centre,
Mitchell s relative described the
father of two as kind and loving
and a man with no enemies. He
was also a cook at Popeye s in
"He was an ambitious man and
was on leave because he got
injured on the job, but he used
to work hard to provide for his
family, especially his children,"
said Mitchell s sister, who did not
want to be identified by name.
"Right now the family in a state
of shock because we don t under-
stand why Dion was killed. And
what makes it worse, the day he
died was his mother s birthday,
and he was the apple of her eye ."
Mitchell was killed the day
after 19-year-old Jabari Thomp-
son was also gunned down in La
Horquetta. Police believe that
there is an ongoing war in the
Two more killings take murder toll to 31
Police believe a transaction gone
sour may be the reason why a man
was gunned down yesterday morn-
ing in Claxton Bay.
Up to last night police officers
were still trying to identify the man
who was of East Indian descent and
estimated to be in his late 20s or
The killing took place around 11.20
am at TCL Recreation Ground in
At the crime scene, a man, who
did not want to be identified, said
the man was seen hanging around
the recreation ground.
He did not think the victim was
from the area.
The man, he said, went by a near-
by parlour where he bought a bottle
of water and returned.
He was heard telling someone on
the phone he was waiting and to
Not long after a loud explosion
rang out and people saw a man run-
ning from the scene. Police said the
body bore one gunshot wound to
the right side near the armpit.
The man was wearing a black
pants with a blue long-sleeve shirt
and is believed to be five feet and
seven inches tall.
Visiting the scene were Senior Supt
Cecil Santana, ASP Zamsheed
Mohammed, Sgt Don Gajadhar and
other officers from the San Fernan-
do CID and Homicide Bureau.
Bad business deal
leads to man's death
Dr Allan Bachan
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