Friday, July 21, 2017

The oil spill is spreading in the Gulf of Paria

...Petrotrin deploys clean up vessels

An aerial view of the ruptured tank on Petrotrin's Pointe a Pierre refinery facility.


State-owned Petrotrin has deployed vessels to clean up the hydrocarbon which entered the Gulf of Paria, following an oil spill at its Pointe-a-Pierre refinery on Sunday.

The bunker fuel seeped into the Guaracara River and was taken out to sea.

Petrotrin stated that the oil-slick was moving in a west north-westerly direction and posed no visible threat to the south-western peninsula at this time.

“Company vessels have been deployed to areas where there are visible sheens of hydrocarbon and are currently addressing the situation,” Petrotrin stated.

A release stated that the company was aware of the concerns expressed over the impact of the spill on the Guaracara River and its adjoining communities. “However, the Company confirms that the spill occurred in the Port of Pointe-a-Pierre, which is north-west of the Guaracara River,” it stated.

Oil-soaked birds and other wildlife discovered at the mouth of the Guaracara River were being treated by the company's wildlife rehabilitation plan.

Petrotrin stated that it's containment and recovery works would continue in the following days.

The release stated that given the progress made, plans were being developed for the next phase that would include remediation works to the affected area.

“Aerial and marine surveys conducted during the day revealed that the hydrocarbon that had escaped the containment area was moving in a west north-westerly direction and poses no visible

threat to the south-western peninsula at this time. Company vessels have been deployed to areas where there are visible sheens of hydrocarbon and are currently addressing the situation,” Petrotrin stated.

The Ministry of Energy & Energy Industries, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA), Occupational Safety & Health Agency (OSH) and the Office of Disaster Preparedness & Management (ODPM) were involved in the operations.