New leak in Moruga

ANOTHER oil spill was discovered yesterday, this time in Moruga, adding to five others last week along the south-western coast of Trinidad.
The latest discovery was made in a field in Rock River, which may affect some three dozen households situated near the spill.
Clifton De Coteau, Member of Parliament for Moruga/Tableland, visited the area yesterday and met a team from State-owned Petrotrin who went to investigate the latest sighting.
De Coteau told the Express: “This is a concern for the village. The flow was noticed by residents at around 6 a.m. Apparently there was a field not far away where there was a recent leak, but it was fixed. Safety officers said it could be residue from that previous leak, but I am not so sure because it seems to be a continuous flow.
“When you consider the coincidence with the other oil spills, there is reason to speculate.”
He said Petrotrin’s health and safety officers deemed it safe for residents to cook their Christmas Day meals, but residents were taking their own precautions.
—Susan Mohammed
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