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Farmers and other members of the public
could serve time in prison or be fined for
setting garbage on fire or trying to clear
their land by burning crops.
In a phone interview, deputy Chief Fire
Officer Kenny Gopaul said people could be
charged under the Agricultural Fires Act for
burning garbage without a permit.
"They could be fined $1,500, face impris-
onment for six months and expenses incurred
by the Country Fire Control Officer in con-
trolling or extinguishing the fire," he said.
Gopaul said there had been a proliferation
of bush fires since the dry season began on
December 1. It ends on June 30.
He said fire guardians were hired to help
the public, who should be aware of the issues
when lighting garbage and other items.
He warned: "They could be arrested."
"The fire guardians are empowered by law
to arrest anybody who doesn t obey their
Gopaul said people living in rural areas
should make sure there was no bush near
their houses in case there was a bush fire.
He said during this past Carnival weekend
there were 64 bush fires in south Trinidad,
12 in central and 38 in the north.
He said: "Bush fire damages the ground,
trees and local wildlife and ecology. It is also
illegal to plant crops on property for one year
after it has been lit on fire. It is the law," he
He said people should consult the nearest
fire station and spend $10 to get a permit
if they had to light fires.
Finance and the Economy Minister Larry
Howai is expected to present the Securities
(Amendment) Bill, 2013 for debate in the Senate
The legislation seeks to amend the laws gov-
erning the people, institutions and products super-
vised by the local Securities Exchange Commis-
Co-ordinator of the Independent bench, Senator
Subhas Ramkhelawan, has been calling for that
legislation to be brought to Parliament for several
One of the several questions for oral answer on
today s order paper is from Opposition Senator
Lester Henry, who wants the Environment and
Water Resources Minister Ganga Singh to say how
many contract and full-time employees worked
at WASA from 2010 to 2013.
Henry has another question for Public Admin-
istration Minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, ask-
ing what was the total number of contract workers
employed in the public service for the years 2010
Independent Senator David Small wants Howai
to tell legislators what is the current status of the
ruling of a tribunal for the sale of Clico s 56.53
per cent shareholding in Methanol Holdings
Trinidad Limited (MHTL) to Consolidated Energy
(Trinidad and Tobago) Limited by January 31, 2014.
Small is also asking Howai to comment on cer-
tain aspects of the December 2013 Petrotrin oil
He wants to know if any assessments made by
the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs and/or
Petrotrin as it relates to:
• estimated volume of lost oil and/or oil products
and the estimated amount of such product(s)
recovered to date;
• estimated costs of damage to Petrotrin s oil field
and related equipment to date;
• the total volume of COREXIT9500 and other
dispersants used in the spill control efforts to
• estimated to date containment costs to stop or
reduce further oil spillage
• economic damages, (total value and number of
citizens), paid to affected citizens to date;
• fines imposed by regulatory agencies to date;
• estimate of the scale of natural resource damage
and the plans for remediation of the affected
• estimate of natural resource remediation costs
such that the affected areas are returned to
The sitting, which takes place at Tower D ,
Waterfront Complex, Wrightson Road, Port-of-
Spain, begins at 1.30 pm.
Fire Services warns:
Get permit for backyard blaze
Meteorologist Kenneth Kerr said it
had been a dry season so far.
"At the start of 2014, the Met Office
predicted near-normal rainfall as the
most likely category to occur across
most of T&T during the early portion
from January to March.
"To date the early portion of the sea-
son is turning out to be on average for
most of T&T even though each month
has shown different rainfall behaviour
for different areas," he said.
Ellen Lewis, Water and Sewerage
Authority s head of Corporate Commu-
nication said there was above average
rainfall in the beginning of the year.
She added: "We have had favourable
weather conditions with average to
above average rainfall in January and
"This means that our major impound-
ing reservoirs at Caroni, Navet, Hollis
and Hillsborough are in a healthy posi-
tion near mid-way into the dry season.
"March, is however, the driest month
of the year, so therefore there is the
need for conservation measures to be
strictly observed by members of the
SPARROW UNDER THE TREES
in Senate today
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