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OF THE SHAREHOLDERS TO BE HELD
Thursday 21st August 2014
By The Order of
The Board of Directors
Life was closer to normal for
many in Marabella as children
played happily in the street yes-
terday, and residents relaxed out-
side their homes talking and
The scene was a far cry from
last week s when simply standing
outside caused severe discomfort
to the residents of Silk Cotton
Road, Mango Alley and Bayshore,
as they endured the putrid smell
of oil spilled in the Guaracara River
after a tank ruptured at Petrotrin s
The nauseating smell that had
hung heavily in the air after the
oil spill was faint yesterday when
the T&T Guardian visited the area.
The water in the river, which
runs behind many of the homes
in the area, was a brownish hue,
a welcome colour for many after
the coating of oil on it over the
last week. While an oil boom
remained in the river, the rain-
bow-hued oil sheen that came
after the oil spill had disappeared
from the water s surface.
Ian Noel, 28, cuddled his 10-
month-old son Josiah yesterday
as they sat on the corner of Silk
Cotton Road and Mango Alley.
He said last week he could not
bring the baby outside because of
the fumes, addling that the child
had developed a rash following the
Now, he said, "I am relieved.
We could come outside. We could
breathe again. I could not come
out here with the baby. He feeling
better now. Petrotrin give us some
medication for the rash."
Noel, who kept watch over chil-
dren playing on the street, said
the conditions had improved sig-
nificantly and the residents were
"We feeling better that things
are improving here. It is a relief
after a week of gas and fumes.
Petrotrin said they coming tomor-
row (today) to do check-ups on
everybody who was feeling sick,"
Yesterday, children Jahmal Cas-
tang, nine; and his friends Kyle,
five; Keonna, eight; and Kody Mar-
cano, 10, ran races and played with
their toy car on Silk Cotton Road.
Kevin Redhead, 27, was seen
eating a hearty soup outside his
front gate, something he said he
could not imagine doing last week
when the oil spill occurred.
"It is plenty better now. I eating
this (soup) without salt because
the oil smell get in my salt. Things
better now, but we need we house
vacuumed or something, cause the
smell inside. We still want com-
pensation. People going for check-
ups, but no one fainting or feeling
sick like before. We could breathe
better, but Petrotrin have to keep
their word. We not taking broken
promises, or we marching again,"
Daniel Motoo, 54, relaxed in his
hammock under his Sixth Street
Extension home yesterday after-
noon. He said things were more
comfortable in his neighbourhood
and the river had returned to its
He said residents were cleared
on Sunday to cook in their homes
and he was pleased about that.
Heart patient Susan Rampaul,
68, was seen taking in the fresh
air in her front porch at her Sixth
Street Extension home yesterday.
She said she was happy to finally
be able to breathe clean air again.
"It was a time. Now I could relax
in my gallery. Everything okay,
now. With the rain, we not getting
much smell and the river clean,"
With the threat of the deadly Ebola
virus looming in the background, the
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Cor-
poration (CTTRC) is at war against the
Chikungunya virus (ChikV), serving
clean-up orders and taking three people
to court for not complying.
Litter wardens, who have the power
of arrest under the Litter Act, have
inspected close to 890 homes and issued
over 250 verbal directives for cleaning
up homes and businesses in the area.
High on their target list are unsanitary
premises, barrels, boxes, buckets and
tyres which can collect and hold stagnant
water, and overgrown bush and aban-
"Of the number of homes inspected,
the wardens hands were forced and 49
cleanup orders have been served and 66
litter removal orders also issued," CTTRC
chairman Henry Awong said in a state-
ment at the corporation s monthly statu-
tory meeting last Wednesday.
"A number of the cleanup directives
and orders have been complied with, but
three people have been taken as far as
the courts. If so driven, the CTTRC can
and will enforce the law in order to save
lives," Awong said.
He said according to recent CTTRC
statistics, its Health Control Assistants
inspected over 3,000 homes.
"During these exercises, they educated
the public on how the Aedes Egypti mos-
quito can spread dengue and Chikun-
"The CTTRC may have been silent
but has by no means been idle. We want
to ensure that the number of mosquitoes
carrying the virus is at a minimum or is
reduced to safely acceptable levels."
Awong said even before ChikV hit
T&T s shores, the CTTRC s Council and
public health officer Franklyn Gray put
forward a proposal to hire nine additional
health control assistants to add to the
present roster of ten.
They were all trained on ChikV. Gray
also hit the streets with the new recruits
to educate the public.
"The health control assistants have
been concentrating their efforts on areas
which have high indices of mosquitoes. "
Despite recent rainfall, water production at the
Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) remains
at a deficit, says Communications Manager Daniel
In response to questions from the T&T Guardian,
Plenty advised that WASA s main reservoirs
remained below long-term averages for this time
of year, while spates of rainfall had led to fluctuations
in the production at some surface water treatment
"Despite the recent rainfall, the Authority s reser-
voirs and overall water production capability con-
tinues to be impacted by a deficit in rainfall consistent
with the dry spell watch announced by the Mete-
orological Services of T&T on June 24," Plenty said.
The Authority advised that the published water
supply schedules for areas throughout T&T would
remain in effect until there was enough rainfall to
recharge reservoirs and rivers.
Plenty asked that customers manage their water
use efficiently by reducing consumption and elim-
inating wasteful practices.
The public was also advised to correct indoor
and outdoor plumbing issues, including overflowing
storage tanks, and to maintain a proper system of
WASA: Reservoirs low despite rain
Young residents play along Mango Alley, Marabella, yesterday as the area returned to normalcy following last week's oil spill. PHOTO: RISHI
Petrotrin has issued notices of investigation to two employees as
enquiries continue into the slop oil leak at the Pointe-a-Pierre
Refinery that occurred last Tuesday.
Yesterday, Petrotrin, in a brief media release, said the notices
were issued as part of an ongoing independent investigation by
The state-run oil company suspended nine employees this week
and its vice president of refining and marketing last Saturday
following the oil spill that saw 17,000 barrels of slop oil escape from
a ruptured tank which had been flagged as leaking in 2010.
No action had been taken to repair the tank before its eventual
rupture on Tuesday. An estimated 5,000 barrels of the oil made its
way into the nearby Guaracara River.
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