Friday, February 23, 2018

PM picks oil-spill task force

 Several people have been appointed to the National Environmental Assessment Task Force (NEATF).

This follows Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s announcement on January 16 that such a Task Force would be appointed.

Yesterday, the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources announced the members of the NEATF whose appointments took effect January 20.

This Task Force has been established to oversee all activities that are necessary to address the environmental impacts of the oil spills at the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Petrotrin) affecting the coastline of the South West Peninsula of Trinidad and Tobago.  

It will also provide guidance to the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) as a lead agency in the clean-up efforts, a news release said.  

The Task Force will comprise:

Dr Allan Bachan, chairman, Environment Management Authority.             

Prof Indar Ramnarine, chairman, Institute of Marine Affairs.                            

Christine Chan A Singh, director of Fisheries, Ministry of Food Production.                        

Dr Rahanna Juman, Institute of Marine Affairs (Wetlands Ecology). 

Dr Darryl Banjoo, Institute of Marine Affairs (Marine Chemistry). 

Prof John Agard, University of the West Indies (Pollution and Environmental Control).  

Neil Alleyne, head, Petroleum Engineering, University of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Nigel Darwent, deputy chairman, Trinidad and Tobago Petroleum Company Ltd (NP).

A representative from the Ministry of Health, (impacts of the oil spill on human health). 

A representative of the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago. 

A local representative with expertise in offshore transport and fate of oil/oil spill dispersion modelling. 

An international representative with expertise in restoration and rehabilitation activities related to oil spills (United States Fish and Wildlife Agency).

An international representative with expertise in oilfield safety and management to assist with the development of guidelines for risk mitigation, which will enhance the environmental regulatory permitting processes (United States Environmental Protection Agency).