Saturday 23 March, 2019

EMA investigating oil spill in Gulf of Paria

Photo: An oil spill caused damage to parts of Chaguaramas in the Gulf of Paria in October 2017.

Photo: An oil spill caused damage to parts of Chaguaramas in the Gulf of Paria in October 2017.

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) said it it is investigating reports of an oil spill in the Gulf of Paria. 

According to a statement issued Thursday afternoon, the EMA said it was notified by Petrotrin of the spill, located approximately six nautical miles offshore in the Soldado North Field.

EMA said it was told that the spill emanated from Petrotrin's Trinmar operations, from Cluster 21 to platform 14 in its Soldado North field.

The Authority said the source of the spill is above water.

"Petrotrin has informed the EMA that activities are underway to contain residual crude oil escaping from a pressurized pipeline, while assets have been mobilised to contain crude oil currently in the water."

"Trinmar is also carrying out assessments along the southwestern peninsula to determine whether there was any impacted shoreline."

The EMA said it has activated its emergency response protocol led by its Emergency Response & Investigation (ERI) team to conduct its own assessment and monitoring of this incident.

Members of the public and marine interests are kindly asked to report any sightings of crude oil in the area by contacting the EMA’ s Emergency Hotline at 680-9588 or email via complaints@ema.co.tt.

In October, another oil spill was spotted in the Gulf of Paria near Chaguaramas and caused damage to the surrounding area.

No one has yet been identified in connection with the crime. 

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