Monday, January 22, 2018

Our wish list for T&T in 2015

 As we move into another new year, the Fishermen and Friends of the Sea’s (FFOS) 2015 wish list is as follows:

1. That the Government recognises the serious negative impacts of the December 2013 to January 2014 mul­tiple oil spills on the approximately 2,000 FFOS fisherfamilies throughout the Gulf of Paria, and respond to our request for meetings to discuss fishery compensation for the affected families and communities.

2. That with mounting evidence worldwide, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) upholds the precautionary principle and require detailed environmental impact assessments for all marine seismic surveys (bombing).

3. That the Government makes public all directives given to the happy consul­tant who is redrafting the EMA Act.

4. That the Green Fund recipients be made public so the country can see exactly who are benefiting and what they are doing.

5. That the Government develops emergency response legislation to include training and the mandatory provision of facilities in the likely event of a natural gas fireball disaster. This should include but not limited to emergency evacuation training and procedures in Point Fortin where the cross-country gas-transmission pipelines converge; lodging for the evacuees; fire burn units; 24/7 nearby medical facilities; adequate hazardous materials (hazmat) fire-fighting units; legislation to command medical personnel (on Jouvert morning and all public holidays), a co-ordination plan for private, as well as public facilities and equipment, etc.

6. That the Government stops the dangerous secrecy and makes public all known and documented maintenance schedules, endangerment risks and warnings related to Petrotrin’s aging and dilapidated transmission pipelines and facilities.

7. That the criminal charges brought against two FFOS supporters and it’s corporate secretary, for assembling with two or more persons without notifying or obtaining the approval of the Commissioner of Police and for not disper­sing while singing the national anthem, be summarily dismissed as a waste of the criminal court’s time as an attempt to discriminate against public-spirited movements and because the law (antiquated) was intended to control the assembly and movement of slaves, of which we are not.

8. That FFOS judicial actions continue to protect our vulnerable, create legal precedents to ensure good public administration for all and ultimately benefit the Commonwealth (FFOS are currently before the High Court on one matter and before the Appeal Court on another).

9. That our Prime Minister remembers her supporters and immediately begins the mediation of the concerns raised by the Highway Re-Route 

Movement (HRM).

Gary Aboud

corporate secretary

Fishermen and Friends of the Sea