Sunday, January 21, 2018

$19m clean-up bill for oil spill

STATE-OWNED Petrotrin suffered close to $50 million in losses from the oil spill which affected the south-western peninsula last December, according to figures provided by Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine.

In response to questions during the Senate sitting yesterday, Ramnarine disclosed that the total estimated cost for the clean-up to date was $19,369,259.

He said a total of $9,932,200 was paid in compensation to affected persons and groups for loss of earnings up to February 26, 2014.

In addition, the Minister said Petrotrin was fined $20 million by the Environmental Management Authority (EMA).

He said further that $68,000 was spent to replace a blown gasket at Trinmar.

Ramnarine said that an estimated 7,554 barrels of oil were lost as a result of the oil spill and some 4,344 were reclaimed.

He added that 31 drums of COREXIT9500, with each drum containing 55 gallons, were used in the clean-up efforts.

Ramnarine said 10.5 miles of beach along the south-western peninsula were affected and two hectares of mangrove.

He said a mangrove rehabilitative plan and a waste disposal plan were submitted to EMA for its consideration.

Ramnarine said a national resource remediation plan was submitted to the Cabinet-appointed national environment task force.

Minister of the Environment and Water Resources Ganga Singh said this plan will be made public subject to Cabinet approval.

Ramnarine said while there was evidence to support the claim that there was sabotage in two of the oil spills, a leak from sea line 10 on oil tank 68, which was being drawn to fill the Marabella barge, led to the oil spill on December 17, 2013.