Heads should roll for oil disaster

I have always believed that oil in the tank is money in the bank. Not in the environment. The massive oil spill that we are now confronting is a cause for grave concern.
Our first priority is clean-up not blame. What plans are in place to deal with the spill? Is foreign assistance necessary?
How many barrels of spilt oil are we dealing with? Are we trained and competent to deal with a disaster of this magnitude?
Our time is limited, the longer our response time is the more damage is inflicted on the environment.
Some of this damage will be irreparable.
Our portly Energy Minister seems more focused on blaming someone rather than cleaning up.
Why wasn’t there interlocks in place so that something like this would be difficult to happen? Putting on coveralls and taking pictures will not make this disaster vanish.
Look at the other oil companies, not many locals at the helm, I wonder why? Whenever there is an oil “discovery’’ our Energy Minister is very loud and vocal, he seems to have gone strangely silent now.
Why is this spill not being addressed properly? Biased recruitment? Square pegs in round holes? Political interference? All of the above? The fishermen’s livelihood will be threatened, damage to nets and boats and of course fish prices will increase, regardless of where they originate.
Some limited employment will be provided to the “unemployable’’ in the community in the clean-up mode.
Let us not be like Nero and fiddle while Rome is burning.
Mr Energy Minister, Mr Chairman, and Mr President, this spill occurred under your watch. You take credit for the positives, you must take responsibility for this spill.
Trinidad and Tobago expects your resignations immediately.

AV Rampersad
Princes Town
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