SPRInkling OIL ABSORBENT: A Petrotrin contractor sprinkles an organic oil absorbent along the shoreline of Coffee Beach in La Brea following Tuesday’s oil spill. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD

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...Petrotrin engages three contractors to clean up

 Petrotrin has engaged the services of three contractors who are onsite using heavy mechanical and other equipment to clean up the oil spill at Coffee Beach, La Brea.

A fourth contractor with a crew of 25 community personnel trained in oil spill response, from the La Brea area, is also being mobilised, the company stated in a release yesterday.  

Petrotrin confirmed it received reports of fishermen’s boats being contaminated with oil at Coffee Beach in  La Brea on Wednesday, adding that its Operations, Security and Health Safety and Environment (HSE) personnel responded by initiating containment and clean-up efforts which is ongoing.  

Environmentally friendly shoreline and mangrove cleaning solvents, as well as oil-spill absorbent materials are currently being used in the clean-up efforts, the company said. 

The regulatory agencies, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs (MEEA) have been informed and are currently working in collaboration with Petrotrin in the clean-up exercise, Petrotrin said.

“Surveillance of contaminated areas has been conducted, both by air and by sea, to determine the nature and extent of the spill. Oil has also been observed at Pt Cocoa beach at Chatham and clean-up is currently in progress.

Affected residents requiring medical attention are being treated at an adjacent Lake Asphalt facility in Brighton.  

Trained personnel from Petrotrin Employee Assistance Programme Services Limited (PEAPSL) have been made available to residents.

The source of the spilled oil has not been determined and the assistance of the Institute of Marine Affairs is being utilised to fingerprint the oil to ascertain the source, Petrotrin said.

“Petrotrin will continue to ensure that the clean-up exercise is conducted in a manner that minimis es the impact on residents, surrounding communities and the environment,” the company stated.

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