Friday, January 19, 2018

Petrotrin: 80% of oil recovered from river


POLLUTED: Lydia John shows the affected area of the Guaracara River where the recent oil spill occurred. —Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

Mark Fraser

AN estimated 80 per cent of the residual slop oil that had seeped into the Guaracara River, which affected Marabella residents since last Tuesday, has been recovered.

This figure was stated in a release from Petrotrin yesterday from manager of corporate communications Gillian Friday.

“As of 9 a.m. this morning (Sunday), we have recovered an estimated 80 per cent of the residual slop oil that had seeped into the Guaracara River. In some areas, clear water is visible with a light sheen where vestiges of the slop oil are present. We continue to complete the first phase of our clean-up efforts, which is to remove all the residual slop oil in the Guaracara River”, stated Friday.

Friday added that Petrotrin officials yesterday distributed 150 hampers to residents of the Marabella community as part of its continued community outreach efforts following the slop oil leak from the Pointe-a-Pierre Refinery. The release also stated that continuous air quality monitoring is being conducted in the impacted community, and readings yesterday indicate that air quality levels were acceptable.

“We continue to advise residents that it is okay to cook,” Friday said. Petrotrin said that a 24-hour emergency response shelter, set up in conjunction with the San Fernando City Corporation, remains open at the Marabella North Government Secondary School, and residents have accessed the facility. One family has been temporarily relocated.

“Within the past 24 hours, medical attention has been provided for 19 residents at our emergency outpost. Six persons were treated at the Augustus Long Hospital. Residents with concerns are reminded to contact our emergency hotline at 658-0235 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 658-4200 Ext. 2410 after 4 p.m.,” stated the release.

“We reiterate our commitment to securing the health and safety of the residents of the impacted community and all personnel as we work around the clock to mitigate the impact of the slop oil, which has seeped into the river. We will continue to provide updates on the progress of our recovery efforts and community outreach activities,” stated Friday.