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Oil spill clean-up under way

...Two more leaks found

By Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

THE oil spill that occurred in Moruga on Christmas Day is being cleaned up.

In a release on Wednesday, Petrotrin stated there were two more incidents of oil being discharged from the area. These oil spills were unrelated to the previous ones across the south-western peninsula.

It stated: “Regrettably, Petrotrin has received reports today of two further incidents of oil being discharged into the environment in the Moruga/Rock River area.

“Clean-up and investigation efforts have already been initiated with respect to these latest incidents. Petrotrin continues to investigate the circumstances which resulted in these incidents and is actively following several new leads.”

Operations manager for Neal and Massy Energy Resources Rudranath Dookran said on Christmas Eve a leak was observed coming from a four-inch transfer line that transfers oil from their company to Petrotrin. Neal and Massy Energy Resources is involved in a joint venture with Petrotrin.

He said the line was immediately repaired but the cause of the leak was still to be determined.

Dookran said because of the heavy rain on Wednesday, there was flooding and the oil flowed into the water courses. He said the flow was contained and prevented from flowing into other areas. No-one was greatly affected.

Residents were asked to assist with clean-up operations.

Resident Keith Noel said at around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, he observed oil flowing in the river behind his home. He said the relevant authorities were called in and attempts were made to stop the oil from moving further. That stoppage occurred around 1 p.m.

He said: “It was not that much oil, there was no major scent or anything to say it was negatively affecting anyone. The clean-up operations finished yesterday after lunch. Petrotrin said they will come back tomorrow just to double-check to see if everything was okay.”

President of the Oilfields Workers Trade Union Ancel Roget said the union would investigate the leak.

Member of Parliament for Moruga Clifton De Coteau visited the area on Christmas Day.

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