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Energy Chamber commends workers in clean-up effort

 The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago said yesterday it was “extremely concerned” about the social and environmental impact of the five separate oil spills in the Gulf of Paria and on the south-west peninsula.

Four of the five spills have been contained and remediation efforts have been undertaken.

International assistance has been called in to deal with the fifth and the most damaging spill in the La Brea area.  

“This has been determined as a Tier 3 spill, indicating the highest level of severity,” the South Trinidad-based Chamber said in a statement.

“It is extremely concerning that up until now the source of this spill still has not been identified, despite a massive operation from Petrotrin and contractors.” 

The Chamber said: “The first priority must be to prevent any further damage to the environment and the livelihoods of our citizens. 

“The Energy Chamber would like to highly commend all of the employees of the many companies and the community workers involved in this massive clean-up effort, especially at this time of the year when most of our citizens are winding down for the Christmas break.”

As the clean-up effort is underway, it is also important that a thorough investigation involving all stakeholders is completed in order to identify the root causes of all of the incidents that have taken place, the business group added.  

“Until the detailed investigation is conducted it is premature to pass judgement on either the causes of the incidents or to identify possible corrective actions,” said the Energy Chamber. 

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