Ministry gets preliminary IMA report
The Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs has received a preliminary report from the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) on fingerprinting analysis of samples collected from oil spilled on the coastline in the La Brea area and from marine facilities at Pointe-a-Pierre last week.
The report is currently under review and the ministry last night said it is awaiting the findings of the IMA’s final report.
The National Oil Spill Contingency Incident Command Team is currently investigating the possible sources of all reported oil spills and is expecting the results early next week on trajectory modelling work currently being conducted by Environmental Sciences Ltd, the ministry said.
A more definitive position on the origin of the oil spills should be available on receipt and analysis of this additional information, it added.
According to the ministry, evidence emerging from the IMA’s preliminary report indicates the oil sample retrieved from the spill, which came ashore at La Brea, is a “Bunker C type oil”, a product of the crude oil refining process. “This suggests that the source of the La Brea spill is unlikely to have been discharged from an oil well or a crude oil pipeline,” the ministry said.
The following is an update on the clean-up exercise from the ministry:
1. Vessigny Beach - Not impacted
2. Bonasse Beach - No visible oil on shoreline
3. Fullerton Beach - No visible oil on shoreline
4. Granville Beach - About 95% complete
5. Cedros Beach - About 95% complete
6. Unity Beach - About 95% complete
7. Carrat Shed Beach - About 80-90% complete
8. Coffee Beach - About 80-90% complete
9. Station Beach - About 80-90% complete
10. Bay Beach - About 80-90% complete
11. Pointe Sabe area - About 5% complete