Tuesday, January 16, 2018

‘Safety must be first’

The oil spill in the Guaracara River is an indication that Petrotrin has more work to do to deliver on safety standards, says Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine.

Ramnarine said he visited the site of the spill yesterday and viewed the recovery operations at different points where booms were deployed in the Guaracara River. 

He said approximately 90 per cent of the oil that leaked into the river has been recovered and 16 booms were deployed at strategic points in the river and 12 skimmers were put to use.

“With regard to the impacted community, Petrotrin’s leadership has been out visiting the affected families. This support includes medical and temporary accommodation where required. 

“In my view the priority lies in continuing the community level support until the incident has abated,” said Ramnarine.

“I understand the concerns expressed that Petrotrin has had repeated incidents of this nature. I have made it clear to the company’s board that safety must be the first priority. This leak demonstrates that Petrotrin has more work to do to deliver on this expectation,” he added.